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Tuesday, 12 December




Australian tech start-ups stand to lose out in proposed copyright reforms "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian government quietly introduced the Copyright Amendment (Service Providers) Bill 2017 to the Senate on Wednesday. If enacted, the bill will extend the scope of Australias copyright safe harbours - very slightly.

Safe harbours protect internet hosts and platform providers from monetary liability for copyright-infringing content posted or shared by their users. For example, if you post the latest Thor movie to YouTube, YouTube wont be responsible for copyright infringement if it takes down that video. In Australia, we only extend this protection to internet services providers, not general purpose websites.

This matters because technology firms rely on limits to liability to manage their risks. Companies like Facebook or YouTube, which host millions of pieces of user content, would face serious difficulty starting in Australia because our laws on copyright infringement are so strict.

This article is by Kylie Pappalardo, from Queensland University of Technology and was originally published on The Conversation. It is republished here under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Derivative Licence (CC-BY-ND). See the original article.

The new legislation is a step in the right direction, but it doesnt go far enough to create an environment that fosters Australian innovation.

Excluding platforms from safe harbours doesnt make much difference to tech giants like YouTube and Facebook, since they already operate within the United States safe harbours. But it does discourage Australian tech start-ups from the chance to experiment in a reduced-risk environment.

It is not just the US with broader copyright safe harbours than Australia - jurisdictions around the world extend safe harbours to internet intermediaries beyond ISPs.

The European Union, fo...


Madge Digest #148 November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  1. URGENT help regulate new GM techniques on animals, plants, humans, crops, trees and microbes. 
  2. Huge win: Farmers and civil society reject new GMO's at UN Food and Agriculture meeting 
  3. Call of the Reed Warbler - using farming to bring back birds, bees, beauty and health to our planet. 
  4. Sign to save small scale, local, ethical pork and poultry farming in VIctoria.

1) URGENT: Help regulate new GM techniques on animals, plants, humans, crops, trees and microbes

Three reviews on GM technologies in Australia will have huge effects on our food, health and environment:

  • Forums on the Review of the national Gene Tech Scheme are in Sydney and Adelaide this week and other capital cities later. Register here. This review has the potential to: remove the ability for States to have GM Moratoriums, remove GM labelling requirements, avoid any pre-market approval by using a product instead of process based regulation and allow GM contamination in Organic food.
  • OGTR review of the rules on new GMOs. Sign this petition to ask the Assistant Health Minister to regulate them.New GM techniques including CRISPR, RNA interference could be used to create GM animals, microbes, crop plants, fish, humans, trees etc. The Gene Technology Act 2000 defines gene technology as "any technique for the modification of genes or other genetic material" therefore all GM techniques and their products should be regulated.
    This review proposes deregulating the most popular new GM techniques. It would mean no pre-market testing, no register of what is GM and no labelling. Farmers would not know if the seed they are using was produced using these techniques or not. There is no history of safe use for these techniques. For example, CRISPR was first used for gene...


Lifestyle changes could have prevented 40 per cent of cancer deaths, study finds "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC News Australia

Lifestyle changes could have prevented 40 per cent of cancer deaths, study finds

12 December 2017

More than 16,000 Australians are being diagnosed with cancer each year because of risky behaviour and habits, and at a greater rate than any other country, new research has found.

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institutes Professor David Whiteman said while many cancers were inevitable, his study found 40 per cent of cancer deaths were preventable.

A lot of those cancers that are occurring at high rates in Australia are ones that are directly due to the lifestyle that many of us choose to lead, Professor Whiteman said.

So what are Australians doing that is killing us?

The eight lifestyle factors to avoid are:

  • Tobacco smoking, including passive smoking
  • Low intake of fruit and vegetables and high intake of red and processed meat
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Being overweight
  • Being physically inactive
  • Excessive exposure to UV light...



Hondurans Launch a National Protest Against Election Results "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tegucigalpa (TeleSUR)  Social and political groups filled the streets answering the call to action and participating in protests across the nation.

Thousands of supporters of the Opposition Alliance filled the streets of Honduras this morning as part of a national movement to protest the irregularities surrounding the presidential elections.

Presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla
Image: Courtesy of Heather Gies for TeleSUR

Citizens erected roadblocks around the capitals main highways, preventing traffic from continuing, while others marched the streets, demanding an end to the crisis. The demonstration continued until military police appeared on the scene and forced the protesters to disperse.

Related: Putin: US Routinely Meddles in Russian and Other Nations Elections

Social and political groups called for a national movement Sunday to denounce corruption and fraud in the U.S. and the Organization of American States (OAS).

A delegation of popular social organizations also took advantage of the movement to protest the hundreds of human rights violations in the country. There have been 16 killings, more than 620 people injured as well as dozens of arrests since the protests began, Human Rights Defender, Tomas Andino said.

Similar peaceful demonstrations have erupted across the nation drawing thousands to the streets with protesters declaring they will not rest until the true results of the presidential elections are released and the public has true electoral transparency.

Related: Electoral Coup Attempt in Honduras

People collectively know that negotiations here take place in the United States Embassy. Thats why people are very upset, because wh...


#SanctionAustralia Refugee Detention, Torture and Abuse by Australia doesnt Stop for Holidays, New Year Celebrations, Christmas Carols or Sporting Events "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ex-detainees request to take a stand during end of year holiday events and bring to the forefront the forgotten people in our community being tortured, refouled and abused by the Australian government while mainstream Australia celebrates this festive season. Statement by RISE eX-detainee Team.


Originally published by Rise.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of  these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Read all our reports about refugees on Manus; here.

#SanctionAustralia Refugee Detention, Torture and Abuse by Australia doesnt Stop for Holidays, New Year Celebrations, Christmas Carols or Sporting Events



UK Against Fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Fluoridation Committee "You have NO Democracy in the Fluoridation Act"

Kununurra Fluoride Meeting 2017 - Kununurra Community told that they have No Democracy in the Water Fluoridation Act.


Frances Unibail-Rodamco to buy Australias Westfield mall giant "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


AFP | The deal values Australias Westfield at US$24.7 billion
SYDNEY (AFP)  French property giant Unibail-Rodamco is to buy Australias Westfield shopping mall operator in a deal to create a global property leader, the two groups said in a statement.The deal, which values Westfield at US$24.7 billion, would create the worlds premier developer and operator of flagship shopping destinations, they said.

Tuesdays announcement comes as mall operators embark on a consolidation drive as they face increasingly tough competition from online shopping sites such as Amazon, which this month launched in Australia.

Westfields share price is down about 10 percent in 2018.

The acquisition of Westfield is a natural extension of Unibail-Rodamco?s strategy of concentration, differentiation and innovation, Christophe Cuvillier, chief executive officer of Unibail-Rodamco, said.

It adds a number of new attractive retail markets in London and the wealthiest catchment areas in the United States.

We believe that this transaction represents a compelling opportunity for both companies to realise benefits not available to each company on a standalone basis, and creates a strong and attractive platform for future growth.

The statement said the proposal had been unanimously recommended by Westfields board of directors and Unibail-Rodamcos supervisory board.

Unibail-Rodamco is Europes largest commercial landlord and the purchase comes as it offloads smaller assets in Europe to focus on bigger shopping centres, which are likely to be better suited to fending off the march of e-commerce giants.

Bloomberg News contributed to this story


Shopping-Mall Operator Westfield Agrees to Takeover Bid Valuing It at $15.7 Billion

Deal would offer Westfield shareholders a combination of cash and shares



Australian Opposition Lawmaker Quits Over Claims of China Links "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian opposition senator Sam Dastyari reacts as he speaks during a media conference in Sydney, Australia, December 12, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Perry Duffin

Sydney: Prominent Australian opposition senator Sam Dastyari said on Tuesday he would resign from parliament after a series of allegations emerged about his links with Chinese aligned interests in Australia.

Relations between Australia and China have become strained since Canberra announced last week it would ban foreign political donations as part of a crackdown aimed at preventing external influence in domestic politics. In announcing the ban, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull specifically singled out China, citing disturbing reports about Chinese influence.

China hit back, with the ruling Communist Partys official Peoples Daily describi...


Scientific Proof Is A Myth "IndyWatch Feed National"

The idea of proof is best described as  the output of a logical process whose domain set  can be quite fuzzy and it assumed to be fuzzy when applied to science generally.  Thus fuzzy input strongly suggests fuzzy output.  But it is still logical proof, but strictly constrained by the parameters produced by fuzzyness.

Thus the headline statement is false by the forgoing statement.  What is completely true is that all scientific data is fuzzy and output must be at least as fuzzy.

My own work provides an exact model to completely describe the universe itself from only the acceptance that we or at least I exist. Yet that model does not become effectively measurable until multiple orders of magnitude larger than the scale of the first particle.  That alone prevent measurable 'proof'.

Yet my model is plausibly susceptible to a proof of uniqueness. That is one and only one way in which to create the universe. That is good..

Scientific Proof Is A Myth

Nov 22, 2017

Starts With A Bang The Universe is out there, waiting for you to discover it Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Ethan Siegel , Contributor


 NASA, ESA, and Johan Richard (Caltech, USA); Acknowledgements: Davide de Martin & James Long (ESA/Hubble)

This image illustrates a gravitational lensing effect due to the distortion of space by mass. This is one prediction where Einstein's theory of relativity gave the right answer where Newton's did not. B...


Melt down "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Prices are down

Capital city dwelling prices declined marginally in the September quarter, down by -0.2 per cent on the supply of new apartments, although dwelling prices were +8.3 per cent higher than a year earlier, taking the total stock value up to nearly $6.8 trillion (click charts to expand). 

The quarterly decline was driven by Sydney (-1.4 per cent), with the harbour city's annual growth now slowing to +9.4 per cent. 

The fastest growing markets over the year were Hobart (+13.8 per cent) and Melbourne (+13.2 per cent). 

Hobart's index has now outperformed that of Sydney since the inception of this index in 2003, while Melbourne has now comprehensively beaten off all comers. 

By far the softest market was Darwin, with prices down by another -6.3 per cent over the year.

Adelaide (+4.8 per cent) and Brisbane (+3.5 per cent) recorded steady annual growth.

Drilling into the Sydney figures, APRA's intervention is once again clear, this time with a marginal correction in both house (-1.3 per cent) and attached dwelling prices (-1.4 per cent) in the quarter. 



INDONESIA: Human rights merely acknowledged, not yet protected "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

INDONESIA: Human rights merely acknowledged, not yet protected
December 11, 2017

On the occasion of international human rights day, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) observes the major human rights issues of concern in Indonesia. Impunity and a fragile criminal justice system have let down victims of human rights abuse and those seeking justice. According to research by the Indonesian Legal Roundtable (ILR), Indonesias rule of law index is five, under the minimum score of six. Rule of law is key to human rights implementation and enjoyment.
The following are the major human rights issues facing Indonesia: 
1# past human rights abuses remain unpunished; 
2# serious crimes such as torture occur widely and are largely unpunished; 
3# land grabbing still contributes to human rights violations; 
4# discrimination and freedom of religion; 


Instead of rebuilding stadiums, the NSW government should focus on local sport and events "IndyWatch Feed"

Premier Berejiklian, please make public your stadium figures

Peter FitzSimons

Asked Premier Berejiklian Where, in the history of the world, has a government ever modernised an existing piece infrastructure at a cost of billions of dollars and got an annual rate of return of 50 per cent to pay it back in two years?

But, again, let me put forward the analysis I did on Saturday, which no one in the government, or in emails, or on Twitter, has landed a glove on.

See, for the Premier to make that claim, the operative number is not just what the new stadiums will generate in profits, it is the difference between what the current stadiums are generating now, and what the new stadiums will generate when completed, yes? To be remotely justifiable, those extra profits would have to pay back the extra $2 billion, yes?

And where can those extra profits come from? For her numbers to stack up, the two new stadiums need on average an extra 100,000 people a week, every week, turning up and spending an extra $200 a week. And all of that $200 must go into the coffers of the NSW government.

Premier, I am respectfully calling on you publicly, twice now, to show us how that can possibly be the case.



Warragul: car flips after Queen Street crash "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A car wound up on its roof in an empty block after a crash on Warragul's Queen Street yesterday.


Newsletter December 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Welcome to our December newsletter

Were turning 20!

Happy 20th Birthday to Radio Mansfield

Please join us on Saturday 16 December in Mansfields main street from 10 am to 2 pm as we celebrate 20 years of continuous 24/7 broadcasting.

There will be live music and a great atmosphere. Meet your favourite presenter, grab a bite of lunch from our friends at The Third Hand, and go in the draw for our fabulous raffle prizes. We look forward to celebrating this milestone in style!

Replacement OB van

Radio Mansfield new OB vanOur old outside broadcast (OB) van has served us well, including being our home between the 2014 fire at our High Street Caf Connect studios, and the completion of our new studios at Bank Place.

Say hello to our new van, ready to be kitted out and decorated with the Radio Mansfield logo.

Your emergency broadcaster

Remember that Radio Mansfield 99.7 FM is your local emergency broadcaster.

There are few easy ways to be prepared for an emergency and one of them is to stay connected to Radio Mansfield 99.7FM, your local source of emergency information.

Keep a battery powered radio in your household emergency kit so that you can tune into our broadcasts.

Listen in on the car radio, or stream our programs and emergency notices on the website at

Read more on our Emergency info page.

New transmitters

With help from a number of local organisations such as the Lions Club, were well on our way to completing new transmitters at Tolmie and Frenchmans Gap, extending our reach.

These new initiatives will help us be heard more clearly by more listeners and also extend our emergency broadcasting coverage.

Community fund grant application

We have applied for a matched community grant from the Mansfield Shire, to allow us to purchase a Wi Fi link between the studio and The Paps. This allows to continuous broadcasting continuously even if our studio transmitter fails, and as it is a two-way feed...



Communication and collaboration in the digital age "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is the paper that I presented at the Related Histories: Studying the Family conference, held at the National Library of Australia on 29 November 2017. If youre interested in knowing more, Caitlin Adams from Macquarie University has written a review of the Related Histories conference. Abstract Since the 1990s, the field of Chinese Australian history has been


Peace pilgrims on trial Daily blogs from the Alice Springs Supreme Court "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The morning was taken up empanelling the jury, so it wasnt until after lunch that court proceedings really began. There was a bit of debate about whether we would be able to give an opening statement outlining our defence that our actions were defending others. Th...


Fly free from toxic chemical use "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Raptor. Photo Mary Gardner.

From the days of the dinosaurs, birds have been an integral part of our world.

People have always watched and listened to them and members of a wise culture would also be learning from them. But are we?

Its been 55 years since US biologist Rachel Carson released Silent Spring, describing a season in the near future when birds stopped singing.

It alerted millions of people to bio-accumulation: how levels of toxins build in the bodies of birds and other wildlife.

Citizens supported government regulation of chemicals and pollutants, launching the modern environment movement. 

Thirty-odd years later another seminal work, Our Stolen Future, explained that the latest kinds of pesticides and industrial chemicals might not kill off birds directly but might actually be worse.

Author Theo Colborn identified endocrine disruptors: chemicals changing the hormones of birds and other wildlife. The chemicals cause sex changes and infertility in not only the current generation, but in the unborn, and the not yet conceived.

They make it hard for youngsters to mature properly. They shorten lifespans and make day-to-day life difficult.

Colborn explained that the same chemicals are also affecting people. She pointed to increasing rates of thyroid diseases, metabolism problems and various cancers.

Time to learn lessons

For all our bird watching and admiration, how serious are we at learning our lessons?

Right now at supermarkets we can buy our favourite endocrine disruptor: glyphosate, a herbicide that is now banned in EU.

We can even bring it home in a single-use plastic bag.

We also use another class of these disruptors called perfluorinated chemicals in fire-fighting foam, water resistant fabrics and solar panels.



What is in a true name? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tallow ICOLL. Photo Mary Gardner.

By night, the nearby ICOLLs are creatures inhabiting my dreams. Intermittently Closed and Open Lake or Lagoon (ICOLL) is the proper name for the Richmond and the Brunswick, the Belongil and the Tallow waterways. In the dark tumult as well as in the shining heat of day, knowledge of a true name necessitates respect.

ICOLLs are characteristic of the New South Wales coast. These natural wonders are a dynamic composite of sea, land and freshwater.

As an inshore marine current endlessly heads north, it drags along sand that dreams of reaching Kgari, Paradise, the great island once called Fraser. Along the way, affected by geography, large amounts of sand drop out of the current and form great sand bars. These block freshwater that moves across the land down to the shore. 

In this phase our ICOLLs appear as settled lakes or lagoons. They also include wetlands that swamp and swell with the rain, underground springs and our towns storm-water. They reach kilometres inland, lined with marshes, mangroves or forests. With the right combination of rain and tide, this phase changes. In phase two, the ICOLL sandbar shifts and re-connects with the sea. To varying degrees, the waterplaces drain.

Well trained

Of our four ICOLLs, the Richmond and the Brunswick, with their rock walls and spurs jutting out to sea, are considered trained. They seem like well-behaved rivers, always open to the sea.

But the inshore marine current continues to drop that endless sand. The result? The shape-shifting shoals and bars create at the mouth those well-known navigation hazards for ships and steamers.

Only the Tallow and the Belongil ICOLLs are still free agents. Neither has rock walls. When it comes to opening to the sea, both have their own timings. Since the late 1800s, the mouth of Belongil was blocked off by residents from what is currently Don Street. Since 2005, the new mouth of the B...


Stop and take a moment to smell the flowers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mangrove blossom. Photo Mary Gardner.

Though I am on my way to somewhere else, I pause at the mangroves. They are a steadfast shelter as the fierce winds shift. Their roots steady the muddy bank under my feet. Among the quiet leaves,  their white flowers are starting to blossom. The bees already have the message. Now Im on the lookout for the other changes of the season.

Right now, anyone can see the effect of this seasons strong winds and rainfall. Before the recent rain, the plants underfoot were so dry they crunched. Now, they are revived. The long range weather forecast to December was 50/50 to be dry or wet. Such uncertainty about water is a big part of Australian climate.  It requires changes to Australian life.

Water wise

The dry has already made residents size up potable water supplies. Regional supply from the Rocky Creek Dam, courtesy Rous Water, is 88 per cent full, though it was falling 12 per cent per week. Altogether, the regions residential use totals 76 per cent of the overall supply; more than half of the remaining use is by tourist accommodation.

Living in the subtropics even as a visitor means becoming weather wise. Of course theres a fire ban. No open fires, especially on the beach. No tossing of cigarettes either.

Becoming water wise is important too. How much less water can you use at your residence or business? Make a habit of three minute showers. Retro sponge baths for washing the car. Use recycled water around your house or business.

No purple pipe of recycled water handy to your place? Talk with your councillors and get a pipe installed.

Seasons of the sea

Meanwhile, the season also changes at sea. The animals of the great winter marine migration to the north turn and now travel south. Leopard sharks, manta rays and more sea turtles return to our region. They join our residen...


Baw Baws FIRST council LIVE STREAM airs tomorrow "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Baw Baw Shire will finally run its first council meeting live stream this week.


A letter from Manus Island by Behrouz Boochani "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

After four years of detention on Manus Island, the author writes a poets manifesto for the refugee resistance in which he has found himself to be a central figure. By Behrouz Boochani.

This article was first published in the print edition of The Saturday Paper on Dec 9, 2017 as A letter from Manus Island.

For many months, the refugees living inside Manus prison have had to endure extraordinarily oppressive conditions orchestrated by the Australian government. During this time, the Department of Immigration used various strategies in order to force refugees out and transfer them into three new camps: East Lorengau, Hillside and West Haus.

They announced October 31 as the deadline for refugees to leave the place.

That date signalled the beginning of extreme force and dictatorship. The government believed October 31 would be the date its vision would become a reality and its plans would be put into practice. When this date arrived, 600 refugees refused to transfer to the new camps. Instead, the situation transformed into a humanitarian crisis that lasted 22 days.

For many watching the events on the island and in the prison from the outside, some central questions have arisen. How could we continue resisting without food, water and medicine for three weeks? How did we keep the character of our protest peaceful throughout this period? How did we continue resisting without ever resorting to violence?

From the standpoint of someone operating at the core of the resistance for this long period of time that is, the whole three-week period and privy to everything that was happening inside the prison and the details of the resistance, I think the only thing that helped us persevere for the long stretch of time was our dedication to principles of humanity and human values.

In the community meetings we held every day at 5pm, we stayed true to the principles of love, friendship and brotherhood.

There was nothing greater for us than respect. There was nothing greater for us than equality and camaraderie.

In reality, it was a resistance that was completely democratic. By democratic I mean that every day, right at 5pm, at one fixed location in Delta prison, we gathered and everyone had the chance to express their opinion with the group and discuss. If anyone had a new suggestion, they could outline it and then we would put it to a vote; as a group we would consider whether the suggestion should be put into practice or not.

Debates surrounding how to manage the tasks inside the prison and the rules pertaining to the prison were also resolv...


The Law "IndyWatch Feed"

With the hounding down of Sam Dastyari today we saw the reality of a new political low in Australian culture. We witnessed for the first time in our political history the mainstream media (MSM) take control of political agenda and with the least assistance possible from the political opponents of the ALP, hunt down and

The post The Law appeared first on The AIM Network.


John Pilger: The power and significance of the documentary "IndyWatch Feed"

John Pilger: The power and significance of the documentary'Documentaries that go against the received wisdom are becoming an endangered species, at the very time we need them.' read now...


URGENT: The Queensland Government is ready to extinguish Wangan Jagalingou native title for Adani "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



This is urgent!

The Queensland Government is ready to extinguish our Native Title rights.

Adani is trying to push through an illegitimate land use agreement and extinguish our native title. We have a Federal Court case to challenge it it March, and have filed for an injunction to prevent them moving to have our rights extinguished before then.

We asked the Government to promise that they wouldnt act to extinguish our native title until the Federal Court heard our case. And they just refused.

That means they could move to extinguish our native title rights at any time.

And with Minister Anthony Lynham back in his seat, we expect him and Adani to act before our hearing, and slam native title extinguishment through!

Our native title rights are hanging in the balance. This is a race against time.


Write to or call Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Dep...


New chat service appears on Baw Baw Shire website "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Baw Baw Shire Council is trialling a new live chat feature on its website.


Life After Death "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Do you believe in life after death?


ANSWER: This is an area of personal belief which varies from one person to the next and there is no right or wrong. Believe it or not, there has been a serious study of the subject. There was one man who had died and was brought back. He astonishingly was about to detail what was taking place in the room as he had what is called an out of body experience.

The study documented that conscious awareness appears to continue for at least up to three minutes into the period when the heart stops beating. Clinically, the brain will shut down within 20-30 seconds after the heart has stopped. The man in question was able to describe everything that had happened in the room. What he described what happened to him had actually happened.



Tesla & Frequency "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; Nickolas Teslas work agrees with your analysis. He said: If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration. Has he been an influence in what you do?

Thank you


ANSWER: No. I have not looked at Teslas work only because it is fundamental to everything. If you find the right frequency, you can shatter a glass. Therefore, I did not find it necessary to investigate Teslas work. Of course, it was critical but that statement was not earth-changing.

Nonetheless, the far more interesting statement of Tesla is not the obvious one that everything has a frequency. It was his statement that when science explores the non-physical phenomenon, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.

In this respect, I agree with Tesla. You have to dig deeper than traditional science explores. Once you begin to see the entire universe is governed by the 8.6 frequency, the doors to a hidden order spring wide open.


Paul Weller Live @ The Sydney Opera House "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The legendary Modfather behind The Jam and The Style Council returns to Australia for only three performances, exclusive to Sydney Opera House

The one and only Modfather behind The Jam, The Style Council and a staggering 13 solo albums makes his Opera House debut for only three shows in Australia performing rare sets of raucous rock n roll and blue-eyed soul this summer.

The quintessential soundtrack to English life, Paul Wellers timeless songwriting has never been more critically acclaimed with the release of his latest album, A Kind Revolution. Smooth, suave and a biting commentator on the British ruling class, Wellers restless spirit saw him break up The Jam at the height of success, blur genre boundaries with the Style Council, and go on to become the de facto blueprint for the 90s Britpop invasion.

Now 59 years old and in match fit form, Paul Weller will finally return to Australian shores after eight long years for three special Sydney performances. See Weller like never before in the intimate surrounds of the Concert Hall.

Who: Paul Weller

Where: Concert Hall Sydney Opera House

When: Monday 29 January 2018

To Find Out More & To Book Online Click Here

The post Paul Weller Live @ The Sydney Opera House appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.


Neat idea pot a plant for kids "IndyWatch Feed National"

A very successful plant sale was held by our members (Belmont Community Growers Inc) last week as part of a local festival.


Men Imprisoned Over Death of Lynette Daley "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Two men have been sentenced to imprisonment over the violent sexual assault and death of 33-year old Lynette Daley. Ms Daley died from injuries sustained during a sexual act committed by her on-again-off-again boyfriend, 43-year old Adrian Attwater and his 47-year old friend Paul Maris, during a camping trip

The post Men Imprisoned Over Death of Lynette Daley appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Seeking participants for a research study on tattooing in contemporary society. Incentives offered for completion of a survey "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

My study is on tattoo trends and motivations for body art from an Australian context. Anyone over the age of 18 who resides in Australia can participate and have a chance to win one of three $150 vouchers. Why not have a look at the survey and see if you would like to participate. Feel free to share the link. All details are here:

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The Law. "IndyWatch Feed"

With the hounding down of Sam Dastyari today, we saw the reality of a new political low in Australian culture. We witnessed for the first time in our political history the Main Stream Media take control of political agenda and with the least assistance possible from the political opponents of the ALP, hunt down and destroy a member of the Senate of the Democratic state of Australia.

This throws a new light on the MSM and whos interests it is particular concerning the National Broadcaster, which is supposed to run neutral on political issues..yet we witnessed time and again a unilateral position taken on the cause of the Dastyari affair. While scant mention of the members of the Government receiving and even inviting donations of sometimes much greater figures from the very same source.

There was a game played in the south of Italy back before the second world war called : The Law..It was a very vicious game played for high stakes among both the very wealthy and the very poor..:

The grotesque game of the Law, played in the taverns of southern Italy, is but a shadow of an even fiercer attitude to life-a potent metaphor for a vigorously hierarchical view of existence which rules over the mezzogiorno, the noonday culture of southern Italy. These are an almost feudal system of landownership which confers a bizarre set of rights upon a small number of landowners, and a pervasive system of organised crime which at one level seeks to control everything which occurs in the village and exact a tax on every transaction, and at another level manifests as petty crime and pickpocketing. These combine with a hierarchical social system and a set of values based on traditional ideas such as honour, and which establish norms which determine who in this society is beholden to whom. (From a review of the book ; The Law by Roger Vailland )

The attraction of the game was the possibility of the peasant having a moment of control over his landlord or some other local official. It was a cruel game that became so notorious in its demands that it was finally banned by Benito MussoliniThat in itself shows the depth of viciousness it could descend to. The accusation and the hunting down of Sam Dastyari equals in viciousness that game..
There is a new direction now played out in this game of politics..The National Broadcaster has dealt into the hand..a position once reserved for the Murdoch press, but that monster, having lost both credibility and readership, it would seem that those who know how to organise these things have commanded that the ABC take over the shift once reserved for the Murdoch hacks. Perhaps because it is seen as having more media cred, more media impact on the appropriate audience than those has-beens in the commercial mediaand I see that a new generation of suave, celebrity media lounge-lizards has pasted themselve...


One of the nicest community gardens in the Northern Rivers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Our new ACFCGN secretary Joel Orchard popped in to visit one of the nicest community gardens in the Northern Rivers  Yamba Community Garden.  His report...


Kelly Brouhaha, Rose Zita Falko and Andrew Thomson Announce Summer Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Kelly Brouhaha After meeting at The DAG sheep station just outside of Tamworth earlier this year three of Australias most exciting emerging artists, Kelly Brouhaha, Rose Zita Falko and Andrew Thomson, have announced plans to head out on a Summer tour together. The tour will feature solo performances from all three artists []


Annual Report 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Wow! What a year and my are we proud as punch to present the CAFNEC 2016/17 annual report to you, our beloved members and supporters. 

Read the full report Annual Report 2017 

Excerpt: Centre Report from the President and Director

It has been a high energy year both within the organisation and the conservation community. Gutted by a second consecutive coral bleaching, unseemly government support for the Adani mega-mine and a land clearing epidemic that is out of control, it would be easy to feel defeated and that action on climate change in Queensland is pie-in-the-sky dreaming. But things are only impossible until they are done. So lets not get mad (or sad), lets get organised!

We are increasing regional cohesion.  One thing is for sure we need good people acting in many different ways. Science, advocacy, policy and implementation are interdependent and we need each in equal measure. This year alone, we have collaborated with 30+ organisations and groups on projects, events and issues, brought together more than 40+ groups at our most successful EnvironmentFNQ Roundtable and we re-booted Green Drinks to promote informal relationships across the sector. As our regional cohesion grows so too will our ability to create better outcomes for the environment.

We are building regional capacity.  This year we collaborated with over 12 environmental organisations to deliver 11 different training opportunities to volunteers in Far North Queensland. This included a range of topics such as empowering women in the environment sector, community organising, digital skills, citizen science and engaging with decision-makers to name a few. Down south in the capital...


Con Open Academy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Roy Issac is a Guitarist and music educator.  He has been a tutor with the Open Academy since 2010.

 At what age did you start to be interested in the Guitar and what drew you to Jazz and Blues?

I began playing the guitar at the age of 10. Growing up through the late 80s and 90s, the guitar was featured in most music that was played on radio and television. The music I was listening and learning was mostly rock and pop, but it was through my first teacher at the age of 12, I discovered Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Hendrix etc. It wasnt until many years later that I heard Robben Fords beautiful guitar playing (Bluesy, but with a little more sophistication) that inspired me to find out more about Jazz. I contacted Steve Brien for lessons and spent the first two years studying one of my heros, Charlie Parker.

How much practice does one need to put in just to become proficient on their instrument? 

Its really hard to answer this question, but I believe its very important to work efficiently with many short-term goals, never thinking long term! Consecutive back to back practice days was the only way I could ever have a new task I was working on really sit under my fingers and become part of my playing. I would say at least 2-3 hours of structured practice with some live playing as well over a few years would go a long way.

 Youve studied under some great Jazz musicians from Australia and the US. What wisdoms did they impart on you that have kept you focused? 

Through these amazing people, I have learnt to be humble, appreciative, hard-working and patient (in progress). This enables me to remain focused. One of the best bits of advice I was ever given was from the amazing Dale Barlow while I was a student in my second year at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He mentioned the sooner you realise this is something you are going to work on for the rest of your life, the more you will enjoy it. I have never forgotten this!

 What are the key skills youll cover in the jazz harmony course?

Jazz Harmony focuses on the study of chords and their relationship with each...


Zero G - 11 December 2017 Episode 1163 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ZERO-G #1163

Title:L.Z ZERO-G

Podcast Title:  Pod it, Black 1163

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Geoffrey C. Ward's monumental documentary series, The Vietnam War, we check out the trailers for Marvels The Avengers: Infinty War and Jessica Jones Season Two (on Netflix), plus a whole quinjet load of exhibitions and genre gems at specialist Summer cinemas to keep you entertained over the Fester Season. 

For playlists, show notes, and news see the 3RRR website at:

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Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST


A Somerset Parade "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


A Somerset Parade Official are hitting the zoo with some very special guests as part of The Summer Sets tour! Presented by BTM Management & the zoo.

$12 Entry @ the door
$10 Pre-sales (online & off the bands) >
18+ [Bring I.D] the zoo, Brisbane
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A Somerset Parade Official supported by ~
Zombie Creek
Her Affinity
Regular Gonzales (part of the...


Gallery: FBi Radio Presents Future Islands at Enmore Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Samuel T. Herring was at his frenzied best delivering another incredibly engaging performance to a packed Enmore Theatre, bringing the heat and intensity weve come to expect from Future Islands. The heart palpitations went beyond concern as the Baltimore band threw out hit after hit, including the always inspiring Seasons Change.




Fast times and tricky tides "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The three fastest women in Sundays Triathlon at Anderson Inlet, from left, Kara Landells of Kilcunda (second place), Hilary Meyer of Traralgon (first place) and Debbi Mahon of Surf Beach (third place). kg275017

Brett Franklin, who was the fastest male in the Sundays Anderson Inlet Triathlon, and Hilary Meyer, the fastest female, were neck and neck after the 500 metre swim. kg315017

2016 Anderson Inlet Triathlon male champion Matt Sullivan finishes the bike ride at Sundays event in Inverloch. kg335017

Brett Franklin crossed the finish line two minutes before his closest competitor in Sundays Anderson Inlet Triathlon. kg345017


A printer which cares for you AND the environment "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

For many people, home printers have become an annoying joke.


COMMUNITY GARDENS: council concerns "IndyWatch Feed National"

It seems a simple thing for councils to do. Handing over an area of public land for people to turn into a community garden. Like many things so seemingly simple, it turns out to be more complicated. This is because councils are responsible for public land and they need to be confident that the land []


Marriage equality: Broadbent one of only two MPs to IGNORE electorates YES VOTE "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

McMillan's Russell Broadbent was one of only two MPs from electorates which voted yes in the same sex marriage survey to stand against change last week.


MACKAY Court sees graphic footage of Mackay stabbing victim "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Court sees graphic footage of Mackay stabbing victim

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Almost two years later, a committal hearing has been held in Mackay Magistrates Court to decide whether theres enough evidence for charges to proceed. Greatbatch faced court via videolink from prison on Monday before Magistrate Damien Dwyer, after he was unable to meet bail conditions.

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MACKAY Stealing charge, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Stealing charge, Mackay

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He will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on January 9, 2018 to have the charge of stealing heard. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day. You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers,

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Spain is more transparent than New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed"

Given its treatment of Catalonia, it is clear that Spain is (still) a fascist, authoritarian state. However, its a fascist, authoritarian state which is more transparent than New Zealand, in that it is now legally required to release Cabinet agendas and minutes. The original article is in Spanish, but there was an English translation on the FOIANet mailign list:

Access Info has today published on its website the minutes of Spains weekly Cabinet meetings for the years 1996 to 2017, making them available to the public for the first time in Spanish democratic history.

The minutes, which contain the desicions reached in each weekly meeting, were obtained using information requests by Access Info as part of collaborative research with journalist Jess Escudero, and have been published to mark the third anniversary of the entry into force of Spains Transparency Law on 10 December 2014.


Access Info's work to open up the Spanish Cabinet started in 2016 with an initial request for the agendas of the weekly Cabinet meetings, documents which were then used by various journalists as the basis for further investigations.

Access Info is calling for information on decision-making processes to be made public: This is just the tip of the iceberg, concluded Gutirrez, The government should now ensure proactive publication of the minutes not only of Cabinet meetings but also those of other decision-making processes.

While New Zealand (falsely) prides itself on our government transparency, this information would never be released here. DPMC has rejected requests for basic information such as Cabinet agendas, claiming that telling us what ministers are discussing or have discussed in the past this would compromise Ministerial collective responsibility, free and frank advice, and confidentiality. They have refused to release older agendas where those interests are less likely to be relevant, and refused even to release information with redactions to protect those interests (standard practice with every other agency). Their justification for this is that
Cabinet agendas have been requested under the OIA in the past, but the Cabinet Office has never released them publicly because my predecessors and I have maintained a consistent position that it would not be in the public interest to do so.

In other words, it is secret because it has always been secret, and bugger the law! (Incidentally, the public servant who wrote that is now the SIS head who is...


Heres The Bottom Line On Anal Health "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Do you look after your bottom? Is your arse healthy? Its easy to be embarrassed when talking about that part of the body, but if youve got a problem its never a good idea to sit on it! But seriously, bumhole problems are usually much easier to treat if you go to the doctor sooner ...

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Bush Stone-Curlew at 442 Bunburra road, Bunburra. reported by Errol stenzel on 08-12-2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

One bird on lawn for the day, left that night. Unusual as only the second record in this area since the mid 1960's. They were fairly common in this area until the arrival of foxes around 1915.


Melbourne is still officially Australias gig capital, sorry Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The ongoing rivalry plaguing Sydney and Melbournes always rocky relationship is founded upon which city is home to the superior music scene.

In a partnership with Songkick, the good people over at Expedia, have tracked down a definitive list of the worlds best cities for live music. Sydneysiders, if youre keen to see your luscious harbour and over-crowded beaches pop up on the list, you may be a little disappointed. Melbourne has come in strong at as the worlds 15th best location for live music (pretty huge considering our relatively tiny population) with a massive 3,127 gigs a year.

Unsurprisingly, London came in at number 1 with a staggering 11,923 gigs and the US as a nation is championing live music like no other 179,585

You check out the entire infographic on the Expedia website here better luck next year, Sydney.


Marriage Equality Removes Big Hurdle For Same-Sex Couples Seeking Visas "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Marriage equality advocates have applauded changes to federal immigration laws allowing equal treatment for same-sex couples applying for partner visas. The Immigration Department announced on Saturday it had broadened the category of applicants for partner visas to include same-sex couples after marriage equality took effect that day. Under the changes, a person in a same-sex ...

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US labour market steady but low wage bias continues "IndyWatch Feed"

On December 8, 2017, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released their latest labour market data Employment Situation Summary November 2017 which showed that total non-farm employment from the payroll survey rose by 228,000 in November, slightly less than the October net increase. While the payroll data showed a fairly strong employment outcome, the Labour Force Survey data estimated a weaker rise in employment (57 thousand) in November. The labour force was estimated to have risen by 148 thousand after Octobers results showing a sharp contraction. The BLS thus estimated that unemployment rose by 90 thousand and the official unemployment rate rose slightly from 4.07 to 4.12 per cent. There is still a large jobs deficit remaining and other indicators suggest the labour market is still below where it was prior to the crisis. I also update my low-wage jobs bias to November 2017 and conclude that in the recovery, there has been a bias towards low wage and below-average wage job creation.

Overview Total employment rose by 57 thousand in November 2017

For those who are confused about the difference between the payroll (establishment) data and the household survey data you should read this blog US labour market is in a deplorable state where I explain the differences in detail.

See also the Employment Situation FAQ provided by the BLS, itself.

The BLS say that:

The establishment survey employment series has a smaller margin of error on the measurement of month-to-month change than the household survey because of its much larger sample size. However, the household survey has a more expansive scope than the establishment survey because it includes self-employed workers whose businesses are unincorporated, unpaid family workers, agricultural workers, and private household workers

Focusing on the Household Labour Force Survey data, the seasonally adjusted labour force rise by 148 thousand in November 2017 with the participation rate steady at 62.7 per cent.

Total employment rose by a 57 thousand in net terms, which means that official unemployment rose by 90 thousand.

The official unemployment rate rose marginally to 4.12 per cent (from 4.07 per cent).

The November 2017 participation rate of 62.7 per cent is still far below the peak in December 2006 (66.4 per cent).

Adjusting for the ageing effect (see below), the rise in those who have given up looking for work for one reason or another since December 2006 is around...


Westgate Tollroad environmental disaster approved "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Environment group Friends of the Earth and community groups across Melbourne's west have expressed outrage this morning in response to the news the Andrews government have signed contracts enabling construction of the Westgate Tunnel Project in early 2018.

"Building the Westgate Tunnel Toll Road is wholly inconsistent with the Andrews government's commitment to action on climate change. The transport emissions from megaroads will blow out any reductions targets. " said Friends of the Earth's Sustainable Cities coordinator Rachel Lynskey.

Melbourne continues investment in roads, at the expense of public transport and a world-class rail network. The community are asking that the government invest in freight on rail to reduce pollution from trucks travelling to the Port of Melbourne.


Machete-Wielding African Gang Murder Man In Melbournes Western Suburbs Overnight "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


A 40-year-old man has been killed following a machete attack overnight in Braybrook, located in Melbournes western suburbs.

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WATCH: Maori Man Proposes To Aboriginal Partner On Live TV "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Maori man has popped the big question to his Aboriginal partner on live TV. Richard Haeata and Robert Stewart were being interviewed on Kawekrero Reporters about the Australian governments decision to legalise same-sex marriage. I cant go down on one knee, Haeata told Stewart. But I would love you to marry me, if you ...

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Liars always shout and make wild accusations to deflect attention "IndyWatch Feed"

By Lauraine Knight Turnbull and his MPs have turned all their guns on Sam Dastyari and aided by the mainstream media and the ABC are producing a cacophony reminiscent of a 1950s Reds under the Beds campaign, but totally ignoring the obvious influence the Chinese have on the LNP. Do they forget that

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BATR: Zionist Wars for a Greater Israel "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Zionist Wars for a Greater Israel

Most timid Americans would avoid any serious discussion on the true causes of a continuous failed foreign policy that only benefits Israel while costing our own country any chance of real national security and a prosperous society. The mere mention of the term Jew is usually enough for being banded to the back of the room and shunned as one of those haters. Unfortunately, President Trump has succumbed to this fallacious political correctness. In order to correctly understand the framework of the detrimental circumstances that propagate the decline of the American Empire, the clear-headed observer must confront why the United States remains a vassal to the Zionist myth that Israel is a valuable ally to our country.

Essentially the question boils down to a sober outlook. Does one place the interests of the foreign agents that swear allegiance to Israel above that of America, or are you content to bow to the dictates of Zionism, especially when they directly conflict with the betterment of our own people?

A genuine America First mindset rejects both attitudes and rests upon a basic non-interventionism whenever possible. In the case of Israel, there is no germane special interest that places their objectives above ours. Yet, the facts of the matter are that the practical reality in domestic politics has a virtual Jewish veto factor that makes wimps out of even the most courageous warriors. At the end of the cultural and governmental administration process; the influence of the pro-Zionist media, legal and court system, the Wall Street cabals of Banksters, socially progressive academia, culturally correct government schools, Big Corporatist Business and Christian-Zionist apostates all promote and perpetuate that Israel is a friend.

Ask yourself, exactly what did America gain by our involvement from decades of Middle East conflicts or from the trillions of dollars spent on bribes or military campaigns and deployments? The honest answer is nothing. We have been under the yoke of intimidation from the primary victimhood industry post World War II; namely the impact from false guilt to compensate for the hyperbolic holocaust claims that doom any objective discussion on the Khazar exodus to Palestine.

The final solution for these proclaimed Jews is to establish a Zionist political region within the expanses of the Middle East.



The nature of the beast: the politics of writers festivals "IndyWatch Feed National"

As Millicent Weber pointed out a little while back in Overland, literary festivals are complex beasts. Particularly in recent years, they appear to have become more politicised, more contested spaces exemplary of the tension that results when a cultural project, with presumed egalitarian aims, has a light shone on it by the market model it operates on, which doesnt favour all people equally.


California burns as the effects of climate change intensify "IndyWatch Feed"

California burns as the effects of climate change intensifyAs the California fires continue to rage, Trump, Abbott and others can deny it all they want but climate change is to blame. read now...


Prices please across the board "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There were approximately 1700 export and 200 young cattle penned representing a decrease of 20 head week on week.
The usual buying group was present and operating in a mixed market. Quality was mixed with fewer trade weight cattle and a larger supply of heavy weight grown heifers, while there was a larger supply of heavy cows.
Trade cattle were mostly 5c to 6c/kg dearer. Grown steers and bullocks improved 4c to 8c/kg. The larger offering of heavy grown heifers gained 13c/kg. Heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers lifted 6c with the crossbred portion 2c/kg better. Heavy weight cows sold from firm to 2c easier, while the plainer light and medium weights eased 8c/kg for most. Heavy bulls decreased 3c to 6c/kg.
Vealers suited to butchers sold from 288c to 312c/kg. Yearling trade steers made between 273c and 292c/kg. Yearling heifers to the trade sold between 250c and 290c/kg.
Grown steers made from 260c to 280c/kg. Bullocks sold from 260c to 284c/kg. Heavy weight grown heifers showing good finish made between 252c and 265c/kg. Heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers sold between 230c and 251c with the crossbred portion between 236c and 270c/kg.
Most light and medium weight cows made from 171c to 217c/kg. Heavy weight cows sold mostly from 196c to 245c/kg. The better shaped heavy weight bulls made between 240c and 265c with most dairy lots between 230c and 240c/kg.

Having a look: from left, Wonthaggis Merv Millens and Glen Alvies Jim Wilson checked out the VLE store sale in Koonwarra on Thursday.


Producers responsible for on farm biosecurity "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

VICTORIAN Farmers Federation presented to more than 150 local producers in Leongatha last Tuesday, December 5 on why it is important to play their part in ensuring biosecurity on their farms.
The Livestock Production Assurance program recently had biosecurity and animal welfare standards added to the existing program.
This means producers of cattle, sheep and goats for meat should have a biosecurity plan in place, as well as a copy of the animal welfare standards and guidelines on farm.
A biosecurity plan identifies risks and how to implement practices on farm to reduce the risk of infectious diseases on producers properties, VFF livestock project manager Catherine James said.
Animal welfare is about how producers manage their livestock in accordance with those standards and guidelines.
Ms James said producers were trying to understand what level they have to go to, to meet the requirements of the program.
The turnout to the workshop showed there was a lot of interest among producers to better understand what they need to do, she said.
Walkerville beef farmer Bill Bray has implemented a quality assurance program on his property. He spoke to the attendees about his experiences.
He said he believed it was his responsibility to learn about on farm biosecurity and was keen enough to start filling out the forms.
As a producer, I talked about the practicalities of the new program for on farm biosecurity and how it works for me, he said.
It is all part of being a responsible producer of food.

Staying safe: from left, presenting at a farm biosecurity workshop in Leongatha last Tuesday, December 5 were Victorian Farmers Federation livestock project manager Catherine James, Neil Henderson from Zoetis Animal Health, Walkerville beef producer Bill Bray and Agriculture Victoria livestock extension officer John Bowman.


Environment champions announced at Inverloch "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

INVERLOCHS Angus Hume, Bass Coast Shire Councils strategic planning team and Sales Gary Howard have been named this years winners of the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authoritys (WGCMA) Lyrebird Awards.
WGCMA chief executive officer Martin Fuller said the commitment to natural resource management by all nominees had made selecting the winners a challenging task.
We were in the very fortunate position to be selecting winners from an extremely strong field of nominees, he said.
However, our winners stood out for their efforts to raise the profile of current natural resource management issues facing the region.
The Lyrebird Awards were first launched in 2005 by WGCMA.
The Lyrebird Awards were born out of a desire to celebrate the significant and remarkable achievements made by individuals and groups in protecting and enhancing our natural environment, Mr Fuller said.
This is demonstrated by all our winners.
Mr Hume, a past board member and chair of West Gippsland CMA and current chair of the Victorian Catchment Management Council, is an excellent example.
Angus is constantly furthering the natural resource management cause by lobbying all levels of government and highlighting the achievements of integrated catchment management, Mr Fuller said.
Driven by a love of the land and the coast, Angus is always working for his community.
Bass Coast Shire Council is believed to be the first local government area in Australia to have the foresight and commitment to include its planning overlay sea level rises to 2100.
This requires a lot of detailed investigation and consultation. Other councils are now following Bass Coasts lead, Mr Fuller said.
Mr Howard was recognised for his involvement in the Heart Morass restoration project, working on ground, removing weeds, planting trees, and taking tours.
Mr Fuller congratulated and thanked all nominees for their efforts.
We as a community should be grateful of the efforts of all our nominees, he said.
We all benefit from a healthy and productive environment and all our nominees work tirelessly to help achieve this.
Winners of the Lyrebird awards were announced at Inverloch on Friday.

First class: from left, Stacey Skilton...


National Archives of Australia - more new UAP files available "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Over the years, Australian researchers have found around 150 files in the National Archives of Australia (NAA), dealing with the subject of 'Unusual Aerial Sightings;' 'Flying Saucers'; 'Unidentified Flying Objects' and a variety of other titles. Wherever possible, these files have been digitised by the NAA, upon the payment of a fee by a very small number of Australian researchers, including myself. Today, anyone can go to the NAA website, type in a variety of keywords, and read the files for themselves.

New material

The NAA continues to add new files, about UAP, to their RecordSearch database. Two newly available files were added in October 2017. These are:

1. NAA file series BP990/1, control symbol 5/113/AIR PART 1, barcode 22420284, titled 'Unusual Aerial Sightings.' This file has a date range of 1975-1977. It is a correspondence file, originally created by Headquarters RAAF Amberley in Queensland. The current file status is 'not yet examined.' In order to view the file someone needs to ask the NAA to review the file, then pay them to digitise it.

2. NAA file series BP990/1, control symbol 5/113/AIR PART 2, barcode 22420285, titled 'Unusual Aerial Sightings.' This file has a date range of 1977-1979. It is a correspondence file, originally created by Headquarters RAAF Amberley in Queensland. The current file status is 'not yet examined.' In order to view the file someone needs to ask the NAA to review the file, then pay them to digitise it.


Junior footballers celebrate $71,000 grant "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

COLLINGWOOD AFLW superstar Emma King paid a visit to Poowong-Loch Junior Football Club last Saturday, December 9, to help celebrate a $71,000 Holden Home Ground Advantage grant for new club change rooms.
Established in 2015 as one of the only junior football clubs in the South Gippsland region, Poowong-Loch
The junior football club has recently experienced significant membership growth, particularly after the introduction of its girls team in 2016.
Yet despite its growing membership, the clubs facilities are in dire need of an upgrade.
Over 90 club members currently do not have access to toilets or change rooms on-site, making training and home games difficult.
We can only offer our players and visiting teams a rundown site shed with no toilets or showers, club committee member Cate Minchin said.
To get to the toilets, the children have to cross the busy car park on game days. Our girls are also unable to play home games due to the absence of change room facilities.
Local Holden dealer Chris Elliot of Traralgon and Leongatha Holden attended on the day to present the worthy club with its grant.
Chris said Poowong-Loch JFC represents what the Home Ground Advantage program is all about.
Sport plays a huge role in the lives of so many Australian children, yet many in regional communities are underprivileged when it comes to sporting opportunities, Chris said.
We believe every child should have the necessary facilities and equipment to participate in sport, no matter where they live. The Home Ground Advantage program is all about making possibilities realities, and to enable greater levels of enjoyment and participation for the children at Poowong-Loch is something Holden is extremely proud of.
Emma King said she was excited to attend on the day and celebrate with the talented young players.
These children have amazing potential, which is why its so important they get all the support they deserve and that starts with proper facilities, Emma said.
This grant from Holden is going to make such a huge difference for the club, especially for the girls, who havent had their own change rooms to use. Im truly excited for the future of these players, Emma said.
Holden recognises the power of possibilities. Helping clubs improve facilities, purchase equipment and even develop exceptional talent is why the Home Ground Advantage program exists.
During both the summer and winter rounds, Holden will award a total of $250,000 in grants.
Applications for the 2017/18 summer round are now open.
The application process is easy and online.
Clubs wanting to apply should visit


Milestone event for parkrunners "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Inverlochs parkrunners celebrated milestones on Saturday.
Amongst the field there were three local runners doing their 50th parkrun. Rachel Tattersall and her husband Mike were both wearing the coveted capes to signify this great milestone.
They have both completed five different parkruns in the UK as well as events in Victoria, NSW and Qld. Rachel had done several volunteer roles in a row as she patiently waited for Mike to reach 49.
They completed the synchronicity of their 50s by crossing the finish line at exactly the same time.
Claire Wylie was also running her 50th parkrun. Claire has done all of her runs at Inverloch and made today a double celebration as it was also her birthday.
On Saturday, there were runners who were taking it a bit easier, chatting with running buddies and giving encouragement to all who passed by.
For others, they were looking for a lifestyle change and have embarked on a quest to become healthier.
Some may be overcoming injury and working doggedly at regaining fitness and there are those who just want to find an accessible, friendly physical activity for themselves.
This week, 97 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom six were first timers and 13 recorded new personal bests. Representatives of six different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by seven volunteers: Heather Sullivan, Shirley Dell, Rick Whitehouse, Julie Farmilo, Noel Farmilo, Damien King and Spencer Lomax
Todays full results and a complete event history can be found on the Inverloch parkrun results page.
The female record is held by Charlotte Wilson who recorded a time of 18:11 on October 29, 2016 (event number 114).
The male record is held by Ed Beischer, who recorded a time of 16:27 on June 10, 2017 (event number 147).
The age grade course record is held by Lavinia Petrie who recorded 106.20 per cent (22:03) on November 26, 2016 (event number 118).

Big finish: husband and wife Mike and Rachel Tattersall completed their 50th parkrun together in Inverloch on Saturday.


Bronze camps kick off in Inverloch "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

INVERLOCH Surf Life Saving Club held another successful week long Bronze Medallion Camp.
The 19 candidates aged between 15-17 years, were well supported with team leaders and water safety members from the club.
The camp started with visiting the Wonthaggi pool for a timed 400 metre swim before returning to the clubhouse for some get to know you activities for the candidates.
Morning fitness sessions were run by Jess and the first morning saw them run 6kms, into town and back, with another day being challenged by running up and down the steps at Shack Bay.
Instructors reviewed the daily weather conditions and balanced classroom learning activities with some sunny periods for most of the water activities including an extended board paddle almost out to Petrel rock.
First aid lessons including CPR, board and tube rescues and surprise scenarios were held which aimed at reinforcing classes that had been taught to the candidates.
Instructor and club captain Rachel Fraser said; it was particularly rewarding seeing many of the candidates attain their Bronze medallion after coming through the ranks of our Nipper Program.
Candidates enjoyed the practical scenarios including what to do for a shark bite and having a finger cut off. We were also fortunate to have a visitor to the beach participate in our resuscitation exercise as the patient. These first aid scenarios are particularly important as it gives the candidates confidence and these skills can be used in any first aid situations. One of our members recently saw a man collapse in a major shopping centre and monitored and stayed with him to do a handover to the ambulance officers when they arrived.
The ambulance officers commended our member on the personal and health details that she had obtained from the man and the first aid actions she had taken.
The candidates have really developed their skills and have now reached another lifesaving award within the club. I look forward to seeing them patrolling on the beach this season as we provide our service to the Inverloch community.
In January an Adult Bronze course will be running on the weekends January 6 and 7 and January 13 and 14. Anyone keen to join should visit the clubs website at


Jumps prove popular "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Stony Creek Adult Riding Clubs annual show jumping event was held on Sunday at Stony Creek, with around 30 people riding on the day.
While numbers for the event were down slightly on last year, everyone who rode on the day had fun and enjoyed the clubs new grass arena.
There were riders in levels one, three, four and five.
Stacey Prowd from Koo Wee Rup won level three, Emma Turnbull from Sunbury came second and Linda Harvey from Sale came third.
In level four, Ayla Hand from Westernport came first, Kate Bindley from Phillip Island second and Lorraine Stark from Pakenham Upper third.
The level five jackpot winner was Fleur Stefani from Stony Creek, second was Skye Hand from Westernport and third was Sophie Tripodi from Traralgon.
The Stony Creek clubs next event will be a dressage jackpot as part of the Gippsland Dressage Series on March 4, 2018.

Happy day: Fish Creeks Fleur Stefani and her horse Ronvale All That Jazz won the level five jackpot as part of the Stony Creek Adult Riding Clubs annual show jumping event held on Sunday at Stony Creek.


The Other people: CALD and the Cat person "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As a member of Sweatshop Western Sydney Literacy Movement, I have had countless conversations with other writers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds about the responsibility we feel to our communities, and of the demands and restrictions that places on our work. When we critique narrow but socially dominant mimesis we are seen as bitter and demanding.


Tight matches dominate A2 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

DESPITE the respective positions on the ladder the one day games in A2 all remained entertaining and close.
Ladder leaders Poowong Loch 4/169 survived a determined Imperials which eventually went down by 14 runs, finishing on 8/155.
Poowong Loch batted first and accumulated its runs due to opener Jacob Bardwell making 67 and Colin Knox 43 not out. Aaron Bardwell opened with 17 and he and Jacob contributed 70 for the first wicket.
In reply Gary Sauvarin opening for Imps scored 41 and Jack Ginnane 48 to give Imps a big chance before the innings fell away. Alan Jenkins 3/32 was the best of the Poowong Loch bowlers.
Koonwarra/Leongatha RSL pushed its finals claims making 6/154 batting first to defeat MDU 140.
Colin McPhee opening for Koony managed a top score of 57. Sean Parker finished 39 not out but the total meant it was going to go down to the wire.
Steven Arnup claimed the most wickets for United taking 3/28 including a good caught and bowled of Arnup.
The Cougars came out bowling with intent and kept taking wickets at regular intervals. MDUs tail wagged with T Sinclair making 29 and other bats trying to pull together the win but Koony held firm.
For the Cougars Jordan Pickersgill claimed 3/16, Josh Hastings 2/6 and Ben Perry 2/9.
Foster 150 batting first tried hard to defend but in the end Wonthaggi Miners made 7/155 from 35 overs to achieve a good win.
Graeme Watkins opened for the Tigers making 47 including five 4s and a six but fell short of his half century making 47. Next best scorer was Daniel OKeefe 28 but the Tigers innings fell away, being dismissed in the 40th over. James Honeysetts 3/19 and Jonothan Rumbolds 3/34 were the standouts for Miners.
Opener Blake Andrighetto made 37 for Miners despite the setback of losing Jason OReilly for 3 and first drop Daniel Loos for 9. The middle order fired up with Paul Nelson contributing 34 and Josh Andrighetto 37 not out.
Nerrena had the bye.

Cover drive: MDUs Michael Olden punishes this delivery against Koonwarra/LRSL in A2.


New court for Fishy netballers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Fish Creek Football Netball Club will get a new netball court, after the State Government provided $100,000 towards the $260,000 project last Tuesday.
The funding was provided through Sport and Recreation Victorias Country Football Netball Program and announced by Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing last Tuesday at Fish Creeks Terrill Park.
The project was also funded with contributions of $80,000 each from the South Gippsland Shire Councils community infrastructure projects budget and the Fish Creek Football Netball Club.
Fish Creek Football Netball Club secretary Jacqui Tracy said the new court will be compliant with Australian court regulations.
She said the redevelopment will also include the appropriate infrastructure needed by netballers on game day.
It is huge for the club. The old courts are degraded and are nearly at the end of their life, she said.
We will still utilise the existing courts in the meantime and the tennis courts will remain in the existing location.
The new court is expected to be built sometime in 2018.
Ms Tracy said the club would like to thank the council for its support of the project and assistance with obtaining the State Government grant.
Without them we wouldnt have got the project over the line, she said,
Special thanks need to go to councils Penny Ellicott, as well as Gabby Buckland who has worked tirelessly on behalf of the club.
Club president Jason Harding said the new court will benefit not only the club, but the whole community.
We are excited and looking forward to the commencement of the works, he said.
South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt supported the announcement and wanted to thank the Victorian Government for their contribution.
This is a fantastic opportunity for Fish Creek Netball Club and a much needed resource. The court redevelopment will provide a superior facility for our community to utilise, she said.
Cr Brunt said it was an excellent effort from the small community of Fish Creek to raise $80,000 for the project.
She said council was happy to match the clubs contribution.
The existing courts were damaged in 2011 by floods.
The new court will be in an alternative location at the Terrill Park Recreation Reserve.
Ms Shing said the standards set for netball surfaces, surrounds and equipment by Netball Victoria and internationally have been created to reduce injury and improve safety to players and umpires.
The Country Football and Netball Program was set up specifically to provide funding to assist country football and netball clubs, associations and umpiring organisations to develop facilities in rural, regional and outer metropolitan locations.
Netball remains the most popular team sport for girls and women in Australia, and partic...


Listen to the New Hannah Cameron Single Just Leave Me Here "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Hannah Cameron Singer-songwriter Hannah Cameron has just released a live video of her latest single Just Leave Me Here. The track is a taster of Camerons album upcoming I Lay Where You Lie and was inspired by a conversation with a friend. Its about feelings of hopelessness and defeat but it was []


The SIS breaks the law again "IndyWatch Feed"

Another annual report from the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, and another revelation that our spy agencies have broken the law - this time over data sharing with Customs. But what's worse is that they have flatly refused to cooperate with the Inspector-General's investigation:

Our spies have broken the law accessing Customs and Immigration data and have resisted explaining to the intelligence oversight body why they have done so.

That's the blunt statement spelled out in the latest annual report from the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security.


The details are revealed in the latest annual report from Gwynn into the NZ Security Intelligence Service and the Government Communications Security Bureau.

In it, Gwynn said the NZSIS had "unlawfully obtained Customs data" until mid-2016 and it had not properly explained why.

In the past, intelligence agencies have provided the Inspector-General with their internal legal advice, which is essential to understanding their position. SIS has refused. Which suggests that their advice is tenuous (or non-existent), and they know it, and are relying on secrecy to avoid the criticism they deserve. But either wya, it shows us that the "oversight" of IGIS is fundamentally broken, that their legal power to compel evidence (which overrides secrecy) is apparently insufficient, and that spies do not fear the derisory $5,000 fine for obstructing the Inspector-General in their duties. In other words, the oversight regime is a joke. But if that's the case, then the promise the government made (that new spy powers would be constrained by better oversight) was a lie, and that it is simply not safe for our society to have spies.

Parliament needs to put its foot down: either SIS cooperates completely with IGIS, or they get defunded and eliminated. Because their legitimacy depends on being seen to uphold our rights against the spies, by ensuring that the latter follow the law. Parliament cannot permit a public agency to behave in such a criminal and lawless manner. At least, not if it wants to keep saying that we are a democracy.


Adani Railway to be officially veto as Annastacia Palaszczuk is sworn in "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The railway loan set to be given to Indian mining company Adani, will be rejected as soon as Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, and her new government are sworn into office.

The move to reject the loan has frustrated the federal government, particularly the minister for resources and Northern Australia, Matt Canavan, who says that the Queensland governments decision was the result of racism.

Palaszczuk further vowed to stop all direct taxpayer funds going to the mine, and all other infrastructure.



Stealing from their employees "IndyWatch Feed"

Checkpoint last night had an appalling story about KFC, which has an explicit corporate policy of stealing leave from its employees:

Former store managers at fast food chain KFC say they were told to manipulate rosters in the lead up to public holidays so the company could avoid giving staff a day in lieu.

Checkpoint with John Campbell has spoken to five former store managers who say they were sent an excel spreadsheet unofficially called a 'yellow list' in the weeks before public holidays.

The managers say employees who needed their shifts changed, stopping them from being entitled to a day in lieu, were highlighted in yellow.

They say yellow lists were sent by either their area manager, or payroll at KFC head office, and were to "control labour costs".

And corporate HQ explicitly praised store managers who manipulated rosters to ensure that no-one got paid for their day off.

This is simply theft, an abuse of their power as an employer to steal entitlements from their workers. But its also clear that KFC are arseholes. And who wants to buy from thieving arseholes?

The good news is that its also probably illegal: burger chain Wendy's used the same techniques, and the Employment Relations Authority has just ruled that it is illegal and that they must review all public holidays for the past five years and repay thjeir employees for any holidays they've stolen. Other fast food companies are following the ruling, and hopefully KFC will too. Otherwise, I guess their workers will just have to take them to court, and make them pay not just for stolen holidays, but the costs of enforcing them as well.



Not official information "IndyWatch Feed"

The ombudsman has issued a provisional opinion on the government's 33-page coalition document, and found it not to be official information. Meaning that its not covered by the Act and does not have to be released:

The coalition Government's refusal to release a 33-page document created during negotiations has been backed by the Chief Ombudsman's provisional ruling.


In the provisional ruling, sent to Newsroom, Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier said he was satisfied the document had not played a role in policy decisions.

Boshier said he had "carefully read and considered" the document, saying it was "clearly made for the purpose of assisting the parties with coalition negotiations".

"It contains discussion points designed for negotiation and, despite certain public comments to the contrary, does not include information such as directives to Ministers," Boshier said, in the provisional decision sent to Newsroom.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's office told Boshier the document had not been passed on to any ministers or government departments, or used by any ministers in carrying out their official duties.

Boshier said he was satisfied the information had not been used by Ardern in her role as Prime Minister, and was held "solely in her capacity as Leader of the New Zealand Labour Party".

And that's reasonable. The OIA covers government information, created or held by Ministers or agencies. It doesn't cover political parties, or information created or held by politicians in their political capacity as MP's or party leaders. And while that distinction can and has been abused by (National) Ministers playing the "hat game", I'm satisfied that the Ombudsman can tell the difference between what is official and what is not.


12 million deep-water mushroom corals have been discovered by researchers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Researchers have discovered what is believed to be the biggest community of deep-water mushroom corals at the Ningaloo Marine Park off the Western Australian Coast.

Doctor Russ Babcock from the CSIRO said while mushroom corals have been reported in other areas including the Great Barrier Reef, this appears to be the largest of its kind.

The community spans over 2.5 kilometres and there is estimated to be as many as 12 million of these corals living on the reef.


Coronial inquest hears of multiple injuries at quarry death site "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Island Quarry at Byron Bay where Brendan Vickery died in February 2014 after jumping from a cliff into the water. Photo rodc/

Jim Beatson

Dark details and important lessons emerged on day one of the coronial inquest at Byron Bay Court into the death of 20-year-old Brendan Vickery.

He died on February 23, 2014, at the astonishingly beautiful, but dangerous Island Quarry, opposite the Cavanbah Centre on Ewingsdale Road.

The main feature at the quarry is a large waterhole. Brendans body was found under that water by police.

On Monday (December 11) the first witness was Luke Johnston.

He said that he was friends with Brendan, Rex, Drew and Elliott, some of whom had driven up from Sydney the day before.

We went to bed around 9.30 or 10pm on the Saturday, Mr Johnston said.

After a cruisy Sunday morning, starting at 8.30am, the friends arrived at the quarry in the early afternoon.

At its centre is a waterhole, a quarter of which is covered in lotus blossoms and lily pads. One side has a high cliff and the other a grassy flatland just above water-level.

Mr Johnston said there were no signs against trespassing at the entrance of the quarry. Just a sign saying, You Are Here At Your Own Risk.

Mr Johnston told the hearing Id heard that people had broken their back there previously, but it didnt worry me. Drew may have told me. The only thing that might have worried me was the height [of the cliff].

Mr Johnston also explained there were no notices providing people with a list of the many serious injuries that had taken place there.

In 2012, Swedish backpacker Emma Weisglas, then aged 20, smashed her vertebrae when she hit the water at speed.

In the previous year, 15-year-old Jack Pollock and a 21-year-old American backpacker were so severely injured they were almost paralysed while tombstoning at the same location.

Dr Robert Davies, network director for emergency departments at four hospital sites across the Northern Rivers told the inquest there had been many cases over several years with spinal fractures and near drownings.

He explained there had been ten notified hospital injuries with six being fractures of the spine. A majority havin...


Police numbers disputed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NSW Labor leader Luke Foley joined Federal MP for Richmond Justine Elliot and Shadow Minister for the North Coast Walt Secord to highlight the Berejiklian Governments failure to boost police numbers in the Tweed. Photo supplied.

A reduction of 33 police officers in the Tweed-Byron Local Area Command has prompted Labor to ask Tweed MP Geoff Provest (Nationals) to explain why his government had overseen the reduction.

Labor say that NSW Police data indicates that since February 2012, the Tweed-Byron Local Area Command has suffered a reduction in police numbers by 33 police officers.

NSW Labor leader Luke Foley joined Federal MP for Richmond Justine Elliot and Shadow Minister for the North Coast Walt Secord and sent a joint press release on Monday claiming that in 2012, Tweed-Byron LAC police numbers were 198, but under the Berejiklian government, those number have dropped to 165.

New station

They say the drop in police numbers has occurred despite the official opening of the new Tweed Police Station and promises by Nationals Tweed MP Geoff Provest to increase police numbers.

Mrs Elliot called on Nationals Mr Provest to stand up to his Sydneycentric Liberal-National government, which is spending $2.5 billion on Sydney stadiums instead of police officers in the Tweed.

Nationals reply

Nationals Tweed MP Geoff Provest is chair of the committee on law and safety. 

He told Echonetdaily that Labor were quoting old figures. 

We announced Friday that Tweed will get five new probationary officers and that 400 new police are expected to join the force soon. Im hopeful that some of those will be stationed in Tweed. 

Additionally Mr Provest says four new water police will soon be stationed in Tweed Shire, and they wi...


Die Anpassung an die Grabende Lebensweise in der Geschichte der Solenomyiden und Nuculaceen "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Die Anpassung an die Grabende Lebensweise in der Geschichte der Solenomyiden und Nuculaceen


Waxing Lyrical: Teri Gender Bender on Jack Off with Jack Shit "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  • Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes :: Jack Off with Jack Shit

Get walloped by the fabulous force of nature that is Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes, performing two raw live songs one from her most recent record and the other from her debut album.

This disarmingly frank and funny soul absolutely smashed her show at Yours and Owls Festival the next day bring performative theatrics and passion to bear on a somewhat unsuspecting crowd with power and panache.

In conversation with Jack Shit there are deep currents flowing beneath Teris mile-a-minute self-mockery too, as she waxes lyrical about how kinder weather helped to heal the loss of her father at age 13 and the diabolical duality of growing up between Denver, Colorado and Guadalajara, Mexico.


Listen back to the full episode here. For more sonic storytelling and live to air ditties, tune into Jack Off with Jack Shit Saturdays from 3pm.

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Now here is a statisic "IndyWatch Feed"

The Hon. Bob Carr had published an opinion piece in the Australian todat about Australia-China relations.  Here is one particular line:

Its (Chinas) public sector (even including state-owned enterprises) is a smaller proportion of its workforce than Australias.

There you go.  Australia has a larger per capita public sector work force than does a Communist state.


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Gay Romance Call Me By Your Name Up For Three Golden Globes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Upcoming gay romance film Call Me By Your Name has scored three nominations at the 2018 Golden Globes, including nods for both of its top actors. Luca Guadagninos critically-acclaimed film scored a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture, it was announced today. Lead actor Timothe Chalamet was also nominated for Best Performance by an ...

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Event Cancelled due to Derision and Division "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Event Cancelled due to Derision and Division

By Steven Strong

A meeting was held with Elders and concerned residents who were invited to discuss the ways the Standing Stones Complex could be protected, rebuilt and resurrected to its former glory. Claimed by the resident expert of the time to be the oldest temple in the world recording the First Language ever spoken, there is depth of wisdom and spiritual insight attached to this Complex that is without equal. Twenty six people of Original and non-Original descent came to a consensus with a plan of action. After consulting with or contacting every official Governmental department and politician nothing happened, no-one could help or passed it on to an office where a recorded message answers the phone. Past the many protracted and unsuccessful attempts to scale a wall of apathy, the next step was to call a public meeting at the closest town to the actual complex, which was done and booked in at Mullumbimby Civic Hall for December 12.

Richard Patterson

Unfortunately due to a chain of events with one unexpected twist, we are forced to cancel a community event that had so much potential to both heal and prepare.

From the time in our second last meeting when one person was given the role of co...


Where Cryptos Are in the Investment Cycle "IndyWatch Feed"

The boom in cryptocurrencies is following the same script that has played out over, over and over again.

You see, every boom follows a sequence of three stages. Every single boom throughout history has followed this script.

The stock market boom in the roaring 20s the tech boom in the 1990s the housing boom in the 2000s.

And now the booming cryptocurrency market is following this exact same 3-step script.

First, only early enthusiasts are courageous enough to invest in the new trend.

Thats stage 1.

Then, institutional investors (the so-called smart money) jump in.

Thats stage 2.

Finally, the public joins the party, triggering a massive explosion in price.

Thats stage 3.

If you know how to use this roadmap, you could make an absolute fortune. And to help you understand how this 1-2-3 sequence works, let me show you what happened during the 1990s boom in tech stocks.

What is the internet, anyway?

In the mid-1990s, most people didnt even know what the internet was.

In 1994, the morning show NBCs Today had a segment where one of the anchors asked, What is the internet, anyway?

While most people were dismissing the technology as a fad, early adopters like myself were heavily investing in it.

In 1995, I correctly predicted every company would need a website. So I started my first internet company to help big corporations get online.

Thats how I ended up building the first websites for American Express, HBO, Sony and Disney, among others.

That was stage 1 of the boom.

Only when Netscape went public in late 1995 did people outside Silicon Valley start taking the internet seriously. Thats when institutional investors started joining the party, with pension funds and venture capitalists making a fortune when companies like Yahoo and Amazon went public.

The additional flow of money from the smart money helped pushed tech stocks even higher.

That was stage 2 of the boom.

But the public was still not participating.

In June 1998, for example, mainstream economist Paul Krugman predicted the internets impact on the economy would be no greater than the fax machine. It wasnt until 1999 that the masses finally started to invest heavily in tech stocks.

With more people jumping into the market, tech stocks jumped even higher, attracting more and m...


Bottle recycling gets up and running in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kids celebrating the installation of the Return and Earn vending machines. Photo supplied.

Tying in with major retailer Woolworths the NSW Return and Earn container deposit scheme being rolled out by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has installed a reverse vending machine kiosk in Lismore at Humbly Oval on Brewster Street.

If you want to return an eligible drink containers you can then redeem the refund for cash from Woolworths supermarkets or use a credit voucher towards  shopping at Woolworths across NSW (except Metro branded Woolworths stores). If you are more charitably inclined you can donate your 10-cent per container refund directly to selected charities or transfer it to their designated account.

Chair and CEO of the EPA Barry Buffier said the Return and Earn will make a major contribution to helping us achieve the Premiers Priority of reducing litter volume by 40 per cent by 2020.

It will also provide people with a financial incentive to do the right thing and recycle, to significantly reduce the estimated 160 million drink containers littered every year.

Drink containers eligible for the 10-cent refund include most containers between 150ml and three litres. Containers should not be crushed or broken and should have the original label attached to be eligible for the refund.

For more information, visit Return and Earn or click here.

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Hes Gone! "IndyWatch Feed"

Senator Sahand Sam Dastyari has just resigned from the Senate.

Perhaps to follow in the steps of prior General Secretaries of NSW Labor to go to work for the Packer empire

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SOTT FOCUS: Putin and Abbas received in Cairo as Russia and Egypt join forces against terrorism "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In the aftermath of the 'Arab Spring' in 2011, which saw the overthrow of the Egyptian government, followed by a counter-coup in 2013, president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi sharply pivoted Egypt's international outlook away from America and towards Russia. Since then, Russian-Egyptian relations have reached a level not seen since the 1970s. Throughout, pro-government Egyptian media regularly accused Barack Hussein Obama of siding with deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi's now-banned Muslim Brotherhood group. And all the while, Egypt has also seen a huge spike in terror attacks, with 'ISIS' promising more to come. One naturally wonders, is there a correlation between 'the political' and 'the terror'? The answer is, of course there is. The nexus is writ large everywhere once you see it. Earlier this year, newly sworn-in Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte was literally in Moscow meeting Putin to discuss refitting his country's military with Russian hardware when 'ISIS' sprang out of nowhere to take a major city in Mindanao hostage. Around the same time, the British establishment's preferred choice was facing defeat in the polls until 'ISIS' rode in to save the day for Her Majesty's Secret Services.


Army to help Byron rebuild unstable bridges "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Parkers Bridge in Friday Hut Road is one of five in Byron Shire that are to be replaced with surplus Australian Army stock.
Photo Chris Dobney

Five road bridges in Byron Shire are about to be replaced with surplus stock from the Australian Army at a cost of $2.5 million.

The latest Fixing Country Roads funding round will rebuild Scarrabelottis, James, Booyong, OMearas and Parkers bridges.

The project will see the existing timber bridges dismantled and replaced with five surplus Australian Defence Force steel bridges.

It will increase the load limit on all of the bridges to 44 tonnes. Currently several of them have load limits of just five tonnes or even less.

OMearas Bridge on Binna Burra Road has undergone some remediation works following floods in June last year but still remains partially closed.

Ben Franklin, parliamentary secretary for Northern NSW, told Echonetdaily, Byron Shire Council hopes to award the contracts in February and construction is planned to commence in March for a completion deadline within 12 months for all five bridges.

He could not say in what order they would be completed, but added that they would be replaced as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Each bridge will take three to four months to be completed, he said.

Council will arrange for alternate routes during this time.

All but Scarrabelottis Bridge have alternate routes.

Mr Franklin said the upgrade would reduce travel time by an average of 10 minutes for heavy vehicles, which have previously had to take longer routes.

The projects will include road resurfacing on the approaches to these bridges, he said.

The funding will also provide much needed maintenance work to be completed on landscaping the sites including the clearing of vegetation, slope stabilization and the relocation of power infrastructure.


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7 Smart People Flaws that Indicate a Higher State of Intelligence "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sure, you can usually tell when someone is smart but the truth is those who are highly intelligent sometimes get lost in the cracks. Intelligence lies in some of the most unexpected places and can be found in some of the most unexpected people.

People who are considered to be smart are often put under a lot of pressure to do their best and never make mistakes but even the most intelligent people can make mistakes. We are all still flawed regardless of how brainy we seem. Being smart doesnt make you immune to being human. Below you will find a list of flaws I have found to be most common in those who are without a doubt above average.

7 Smart People Flaws and What They Mean For You:

1. They are afraid of looking stupid.

Because the smart person is smart they are labeled as such. They have a lot of pressure on them to not make mistakes and so forth. This can even prevent people from asking important questions. One study actually found that students who were praised for being smart were more likely to cheat in order to not look stupid.

2. They over analyze things.

Intelligent people tend to analyze things so much that is causes them to worry more than others. They for whatever reason just cannot shut it off.

3. They feel isolated.

These people may feel like no one truly understands them and most are probably right. Smart people are put into their own category and tend to have to prove themselves more. They are often quite insecure. That being said, they tend to do better with fewer friends.

4. They often think instead of feel.

Research has shown that people with higher cognitive abilities do not need to rely on emotional skills as much to solve problems. Many smart people feel like they dont really feel as much as they should. Sure, they understand the emotions but they dont feel them on the same level as normal people do.

5. They tend to correct others.

This is something that tends to push people away from the intelligent person. He or she will even in casual conversation feel the need to correct those he or she is conversing with. This can be embarrassing or offending to those you are speaking to.

6. You are insatiably curious.

Now, this can be both a good and a bad thing. You are more open to exp...


Video: Global protests mark US Jerusalem move "IndyWatch Feed National"

In addition to Jerusalem and the occupied Palestinian territories, the three days of rage that began on Friday, over the plan to relocate the US embassy to this city, reverberated in Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Morocco, Egypt, Pakistan, India, Lebanon, Yemen, Somalia, Malaysia, Indonesia, England, Italy, Greece and the United States.

In the West Bank and Gaza, Israeli military fired at protesters with tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets and some live ammunition. Aircraft carried out bombing raids. Three Palestinian were killed and 200 wounded. Hamas has called for a new Intifada, that is, uprising against Israeli rule. There have even been protests in Israel.

The United Nations Security Council has condemned the United states and the Arab League is discussing how it is going to react and this brings up the possibility of imposing sanctions

Video from Al Jazeera English

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Iraq Claims Victory, Turnbull says Liberation, but Mosul is Now Rubble "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mosul, July 2017

by Dee McLachlan

What does the word victory or liberation mean these days?

There is now celebration that ISIS has been crushed. And Mosul, a city that once nourished about 1.4 million people, is now just rubble. It is incomprehensible that a city larger that Adelaide has been almost completely destroyed ending thousands of years of habitation. It has to be just another sign of human madness.

This is what The Sydney Morning Herald reported...


Lismore sends clear Stop Adani message to local MP "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Residents of Lismore and surrounds marched to Kevin Hogans Lismore office yesterday to deliver their Stop Adani message. Photo supplied.

Lismore locals delivered a Christmas card and cake to their local MPs office yesterday to let Kevin Hogan know that all we want for Christmas is to Stop Adani. More than 30 locals showed their support for the Stop Adani message waving colourful flags, banners and posters and also delivered 400 surveys about the giant Adani coal mine.

The survey results showed overwhelming opposition to the Adani coal mine and strong support for a shift to renewable energy. Residents also agreed that Kevin Hogan should publicly oppose Adani and that our local region should be an Adani Free Zone.

Tom Driftwood of the local group Stop Adani Lismore said that the survey results showed overwhelming opposition to the Adani coal mine and strong support for a shift to renewable energy. From past and current surveys of local residents as well as the vote against CSG where 87 per cent voted No it is clear residents of Page oppose fossil fuels in all their forms and support a shift to renewable energy.

It is long past time for Kevin Hogan to do his job and represent the views of his electorate by opposing fossil fuels an all their forms and acting to Stop Adani instead of working for the interests of giant foreign corporations.

Residents also agreed that Kevin Hogan should publicly oppose Adani and that our local region should be an Adani Free Zone.

We are putting Kevin Hogan on notice that we will not stop until Adani is dead and buried and we are shifting rapidly to a clean, jobs rich renewable energy economy, concluded Mr Driftwood.

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Silly season comes early in Gulf "IndyWatch Feed"

Australian firm taps into Gulf resources

The National aka The Loggers Times | December 11, 2017

AUSTRALIAN company Mayur Resources now has an exclusive licence to develop a resource, energy and industrial complex in Gulf.
An agreement was signed on Friday between Governor Chris Haiveta and Mayur managing director Paul Mulder in Port Moresby.
Haiveta said the agreement would use resources it had discovered in Gulf such as iron sands, zircon, ilmenite, coal and high grade silica sands for domestic use and export opportunities.
He said this would be done while leveraging favourable port areas in Gulf and the domestic market obligation for gas for a petrochemical industry.
Our country is in an energy crisis and we continue to send foreign currency offshore and import foreign liquid fuels at a far higher cost and far higher polluting than using our own domestic energy sources, he said.
Other Asia-Pacific countries are using their domestic energy and industrial resources.
PNG is importing most of our energy and nation building products even such things as cement, lime and diesel that enriches other countries rather than our own.
Our Prime Minister has advocated cheap, reliable...


Indonesia Australia free trade agreement likely to miss another deadline "IndyWatch Feed"

December 12, 2017: Fairfax Media has reported that there is growing doubt that the Indonesia Australia free trade agreement (Indonesia Australia Comprehensive Economic Agreement or IA CEPA) will be finalised by the end of the year, as intended. Australian and Indonesian trade ministers will meet again in Argentina this week, after failing to conclude negotiations last month in Jakarta.

Fairfax Media says, Both sides are tight lipped about the roadblocks but market access and legislative constraints to Australia opening university campuses in Indonesia are understood to be among them. Matthew Busch from The Lowy Institute writes that there are reportedly unresolved differences on goods, services and investment.

In February Prime Minister Turnbull reiterated Australias committed to finalising the FTA by the end of this year. This commitment was reiterated by negotiators throughout the year. In August 2016 Trade Minister Ciobo said concluding the IA CEPA was his most significant priority.

While free trade negotiations between Australia and Indonesia continued throughout the year, Indonesia filed a complaint to the World Trade Organisation over the Australian governments decision to impose dumping duties on A4 paper from Indonesia, and signalled its concern over Australias investigation into the alleged dumping of steel rods exported from Indonesia.


Australia reminded of home security basics this Christmas and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

With Christmas coming around the corner, Crime Stoppers are urging Australians to remember the basics of home security.


Crime Stoppers partnered with lock experts, Lane Security and Cammy - an app based security solutions provider, and surveyed 1000 Australians on their security practices.


CEO of Crime Stoppers NSW Peter Price, warns Australia on the reliance of high-tech security, and urged homeowners on installing quality locks on doors and windows.


Lane Security spokesperson Dean Beardmore agreed with the statement, and also recommended that locks be replaced every ten years, and regular maintenance be done to ensure they remain in good working order.



Nick Xenophons vote does it hit Labor or Liberal harder? "IndyWatch Feed"

Last week, I posted data showing the Nick Xenophon Team vote at the 2016 Senate election broken down by state electorate.

In the process of completing my guide to the South Australian state election, I noticed the trend in terms of which seats popped up with very high NXT votes. It appeared that numerous safe Liberal seats ranked highly in terms of NXT vote, while the safer Labor seats ranked more lowly.

Its undoubtedly true that Xenophon takes votes from all parties when his vote has been particularly high, both major parties have suffered big hits. But the vote does tend to be higher in electorates normally considered safe Liberal.

We saw this clearly at the 2016 federal election the NXT vote was highest in Mayo, Barker and Grey, all places where the Liberal Party would normally walk all over Labor in a head-to-head fight.

And when I compared the 2016 NXT Senate data to the Liberal two-party-preferred vote in each new state seat, there is a trend where the NXT vote is higher in stronger Liberal seats.

Its not a perfect trend, but the correlation is around 0.558.

So what does this suggest about the impact that Nick Xenophons SA Best could have on the next election?

We obviously dont know how highly the party will poll they have only announced a handful of candidates, so its conceivable they wont run a full ticket. But it seems more likely that a large vote for SA Best will hit hardest in Liberal seats, particularly in seats where the Liberal Party would normally not need to campaign hard. In contrast, the safer Labor seats are likely to stay safe, unless SA Best polls particularly strongly.


Snag Island CGs raffle win a #thermomix or $2,000 cash "IndyWatch Feed National"

Snag Island CG are selling raffle tickets to try and help raise funds to be able to purchase garden beds, water tanks, sheds, soils, fruit trees, vegetable seedlings, garden tools etc and they need all the help that they can get... tickets drawn at 8pm, 22 December 2018...


FixedIt: Stop erasing perpetrators "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Channel 9 News reported a 55 year old man has been arrested and charged with kidnapping and sexual assault of an eight year old girl. But they forgot to mention him in the headline.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit or are accused of committing, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

But we are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron

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UNWRITTEN LAW "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


ENUnwritten Law Return in 2018 to perform The Black Album in full.

SoCal punk legends, Unwritten Law, are returning to Australia in February 2018 to perform their most celebrated record, The Black Album (officially Unwritten Law) in its entirety from start to finish.

Unwritten Law consider Australia be their 2nd home, so its fitting that they return to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the album that rocketed their careers from the local San Diego scene in to the mainstream chart.  Unwritten Law helped paved the way for power pop punks success, and it was fitting that the band appeared on sophomore Vans Warped tour as well as the festivals Australia debut.

The bands status of forever and always being the guys you want to sit in the backyard and polish off a slab with remains unchanged.

White-hot songs including Holiday, California Sky, Cailin, and of course, Teenage Suicide will blast fans into moshing ecstasy.  The combination of raw guitars and melodic punk songwriting that made The Black Album a classic will be on full display in shows that leave fans sweating and shouting for more.

In true Unwritten Law fashion, they came, they played, they conquered.  All hail Unwritten Law!

Fans wont just be treated to The Black Album either. The band plan to unleash a veritable parade of devastation with monster tunes from their catalogue of punk eminence. Thrashfest hits such as Seeing Red, Up All Night, CPK, Rescue Me, She Says, Celebration Song, and Save Me will punctuate the sort of live shows that have enshrined the Unwritten Law in the punk hall of fame.

There is not a still body in the house

Unwritten Law first erupted from Poway in California, establishing the foundations of the power pop-punk era that burst from the USA in the early 90s.  Although renowned for their ruthless punk energy and rock-solid quality song writing, it was Unwritten Laws teeming and unrestrained live energy that earned them a permanent place on the melodic punk rock landscape.

Through frequent and tenacious touring, Unwritten Law have carved out an illustrious musical legacy, full of memorable anthems and live highlights.  Throughout the 90s and 00s, Unwritten Law gained a fierce reputation as both the stalwarts and...


Hammoud 1 ~ Lebanese - Liverpool "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We hook hard left into Liverpool on our way back from Canberra, a stop we'll be making more often. We score an easy park on the edge of town, right across the road from Hammoud 1, a joint we sniffed out on an earlier recon mission. Our keenly trained B-Kyu eyes roll cartoon jackpots as we clock the interior - functional and foof-free... too the menu. A brief menu suggests


Top economists call for an end to fossil fuel investment "IndyWatch Feed"

An impressive list of economists from many countries have signed a declaration calling for a stepping up of urgent action to meet the Paris agreement and limit global warming to 1.5C . Within this context, they call for putting a stop to investment in more fossil fuel projects and closing down those currently in operation more quickly. The declaration is published below.
Declaration on Climate Finance

In advance of French President Macrons climate and finance summit, we call for an immediate end to investments in new fossil fuel production and infrastructure, and encourage a dramatic increase in investments in renewable energy.

We the undersigned, call for an immediate end to investments in new fossil fuel production and infrastructure, and encourage a dramatic increase in investments in renewable energy.

We are issuing this call to action in the lead up to the climate summit hosted by President Macron in Paris this December. President Macron and other world leaders, have already spoken out about the need for an increase in finance for climate solutions, but they have remained largely silent about the other, dirtier side of the equation: the ongoing finance of new coal, oil and gas production and infrastructure.

Ongoing global climate change and environmental destructions are happening at an unprecedented scale, and it will take unprecedented actions to limit the worst consequences of our dependence on oil, coal, and gas.

Equally as critical as drastically curbing the carbon intensity of our economic systems is the need for immediate and ambitious actions to stop exploration and expansion of fossil fuel projects and manage the decline of existing production in line with what is necessary to achieve the Paris climate goals.

Research shows that the carbon embedded in existing fossil fuel production will take us far beyond safe climate limits. Thus, not only are new exploration and new production incompatible with limiting global warming to well below 2C (and as close to 1.5C as possible), but many existing projects will need to be phased-out faster than their natural decline. Simply put: there is no more room for new fossil fuel infrastructure and therefore no case for ongoing investment.

It is time for the community of global economic actors to fully embrace, safe, and renewable energies and phase out fossil fuels. This letter affirms that it is the urgent responsibility and moral obligation of public and private investors and development institutions to lead in putting an end to fossil fuel development.

A global transition to a low carbon future is already well under way and we recognise that a full transition away from fossil fuels is an opportunity for a new economic paradigm of prosperity and equity. Continued expansion of...


Stolen generation honoured by local dancers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hunter Mains and Kiahn Ladkin with Delta Kay preparing for their Spirit Sister dance in honour of the stolen generation. Photo supplied.

The stories of the stolen generation that Hunter Mains and Kiahn Ladkin heard from their elders have inspired their own dance, Spirit Sister, in honour of those who were forcibly removed from their families.

The girls have been dancing together for many years, said Kiahns mother Melissa Ladkin.

They have been working with Rekindling this year on Bundjalung country which is the youth program from Bangarra dance company. Kiahn has also worked with Rekindling in Sydney for four weeks performing at State Dance Festival and NSW Arts School Spectacular.

Kiahn, who is Awabakal, and Hunter, who is Wiradjuri, were asked by the artistic director of their dance school, Kate Histon at Byron Dance Dynamics, to open their shows for them.

The girls then asked Delta Kay, from the Arakwal people, for permission and guidance to choreograph their own piece dancing on Arakwal land.

They have always done welcome to country since they were at school, said Melissa.

Delta gifted them some ochre and painted them up before their shows. Delta was our special person of honour on the night and Delta was very moved by their dance and proud of their beautiful opening with acknowledgement to country.

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John Alexander at Sporties Rotary Talk "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Liberal candidate for Bennelong John Alexander is special guest speaker tonight (Wednesday) December 13 at Gladesville Sporties Club, 181a Ryde Road, Gladesville at 7pm. Event is sponsored by Rotary Club of Hunters Hill. Come along and hear Alexander, a legendary Davis Cup hero for Australia, talk about his illustrious tennis career prior to this Saturdays []


Liberal vote collapses in Bennelong, poll "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Liberal candidate for Bennelong John Alexander at a press conference after visiting an Ultra Tune outlet in North Ryde in Sydney, Monday, December 11, 2017. Photo AAP Image/Mick Tsikas.


The Liberal partys primary vote has collapsed in Bennelong where the Turnbull government is fighting a crucial by-election.

But deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop remains hopeful, despite conceding by-elections are very difficult for incumbent governments.

John Alexander is a very popular local member, hes working very hard and he is a very strong advocate for the people of Bennelong, she told Sky News on Tuesday.

Im hoping that we will get a very positive result in Bennelong but of course there are a whole range of issues that affect by-elections.

Mr Alexander, who was forced to resign as the Sydney seats MP because he was a dual citizen, has lost his nine per cent plus margin and is now neck-and-neck with Labors Kristina Keneally.

According to the Newspoll published in The Australian, they are 50-50 on the two-party preferred vote and 39-39 on the primary vote.

The Liberals vote appears to have gone to defector Cory Bernardis new party, Australian Conservatives which is running for the first time in the seat and has attracted nine per cent of the primary vote.

If Ms Keneally, a former Labor NSW premier, does pull off an upset this Saturday, it would rob the Turnbull government of its majority.

Obviously wed be down to 75 votes-all in the House of Representatives. It would be very precarious, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told News Corp journalist Miranda Devine on her web-based show on Monday.

Both parties are aware of how important this Saturdays by-election is, with both Mr Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten making frequent...


Connections made through the Halcro Street Community Garden "IndyWatch Feed National"

Earlier this year the members of the Halcro Street Community Garden put out a call out for local schools and gardening groups to assist with a project about researching the best plants to grow on the Fraser Coast in our weather conditions...


Court examines North Coast coalition MPs eligibility "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MP David Gillespie (left) and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas


The High Court will examine on Tuesday whether a federal assistant minister is qualified to sit in parliament.

Nationals MP David Gillespie owns a small shopping centre in Port Macquarie, on the NSW mid north coast. One of the shops is an outlet of Australia Post, a government-owned corporation. Under section 44 of the constitution anyone who may have a direct or indirect financial interest in the commonwealth is disqualified from sitting in parliament.

Failed Labor candidate in the seat of Lyne, Peter Alley, is challenging Dr Gillespies eligibility to sit in parliament.

If Dr Gillespie is disqualified, it would trigger a by-election in his seat and threaten the governments one-seat majority.

Dr Gillespie has received advice from a Sydney barrister Guy Reynolds SC that he does not have a problem under section 44.

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Dunked donuts "IndyWatch Feed"


Oh dear, yet another retail stock hits the skids. 

It's becoming nigh on impossible to keep count.

Proving that strong investigative journalism can still pack a punch, yesterday's share price collapse resulted from a detailed Fairfax investigation.

This time it was Retail Food Group (ASX: RFG), franchiser and owner of brands including Donut King, Gloria Jean's, Michel's Patisserie, Pizza Capers, Brumby's, and a a whole lot more. 

Until recently the stock-pickers' market darling, RFG has instead become a shorter's delight.

The share price crashed further yesterday following the Fairfax investigation which alleged that franchisees are charged...wait, actually, you can read the allegations for yourself, there's no need for me to copy them here. 

The share price was smashed by another 26 per cent yesterday.

The market for RFG is now down from the 52-week high of $7.18 to just $3.25.

Fairfax reported that "hundreds of stores are going to the wall", with many on sale, or about to be so (17 per cent of Gloria Jean's stores were said to be for sale, and 25 per cent of Pizza Capers stores). 

Indeed, Fairfax made a long list of claims, which you can read about...


Listen to the New Ruby Boots Single Dont Talk About It "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Ruby Boots The latest single from Ruby Boots upcoming album Dont Talk About It, due on the 9th February, is the wonderful title track Dont Talk About It. As usual Ruby Boots amazing voice is front and centre on the track, which is a little more laid back than the rocking numbers []



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Three LNP candidates vying for party leadership following election loss and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Queensland LNP will decide today who will lead the party following its state election loss.


LNP will choose from candidates Deb Frecklington, John-Paul Langbroek and Tim Robinson who are vying for LNP leadership in a bid to bounce back from its election loss.


The LNPs primary vote fell below 1 million voters to 33.6 percent, and its seat count went backwards despite having a larger parliament.


Deb Frecklington, who would be the partys first female leader, is rumoured to be a frontrunner after working as deputy to opposition leader Tim Nicholls.


Safety barriers on Brisbane City buses voted by drivers


Defendant Appeals after Pleading Guilty Due to Incorrect Legal Advice "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim On the afternoon of 26 May 2015, Brett Ritchie was pulled over by police as he was driving down the Oxley Highway near Wauchope. The officers then arrested him due to outstanding warrants. Whilst standing next to the car, Mr Ritchie removed a fabric sunglasses case from his pocket

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Australian Charities Forced on Insidious Path of Silence "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A string of government policies and practices has created a culture in which charities in Australia are self-silencing for fear of risking their financial security or attracting political retribution, according to a major report.

Civil Voices, an initiative by Pro Bono Australia in partnership with the Human Rights Law Centre, has found Australian not-for-profit organisations are treading carefully in their advocacy work. This trend threatens to silence a sector that has much to contribute to Australian public debate and policy making.

The research, carried out by academics at the University of Melbourne, set out to examine how public debate and advocacy had evolved over a decade and whether the perceptions of non-government organisations of their capacity to participate in public debate had changed.

A total of 1,462 people responded to the survey (30 per cent of whom were not-for-profit CEOs).

Sarah Maddison, report co-author and University of Melbourne associate professor, said the main finding was fairly insidious.

Weve moved away from the really overtly hostile period of governance of the civil society sector. Instead what we are seeing is that the sector itself has taken on board some of those concerns into a mode of operation that were calling self-silencing, Maddison said.

Our once vocal, sometimes strident, advocacy sector, bringing the voice and the experience of Australias most marginalised communities to the fore and helping government make better policy has been effectively silenced both by governments and now by itself.

In 2004 The Australia Institute produced the report Silencing Dissent: Non-government organisations and Australian democracy. This report detailed the growing fears across the NGO sector concerning civil societys right to advocate in the public policy domains of most concern to them, and more broadly about their changing role in the democratic process. Civil Voices built on this report and found the threat to advocacy remains a serious concern.

Civil Voices found, 13 years on, that debate was being stifled in Australia on a number of fronts, and when combined together these presented a powerful picture of a sector that is losing its voice.

If we think about the lack of media resources, in a crowded and noisy media environment, in which one in five organisations are still actively silenced by funding agreements, and 12 per cent by pressure from a board or management, we get a sense of the complex environment in which the sector is operating and their perceived need to carefully manage the risks associated with advocacy work, Maddison said.

The data clearly suggest that public debate is further limited through self-censorship because of implied repercussions (from wit...


Goonellabah filmmaker gains Screenworks grant "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Karenza Ebejer directing a pool scene for her Createability film at Goonellabah.
Photo supplied

Goonellabah-based filmmaker Karenza Ebejer is one step closer to realising her dream of being a professional documentary filmmaker, following her recent selection as one of two participants in Screenworks Director Pathways program.

She will be joined by Simon Portus from Sawtell on the program, which gives two emerging directors from regional NSW $3,500 each to put toward a professional development program of their making, together with career support and industry introductions from Screenworks and the Australian Directors Guild.

Karenza has a background working as a producer and director of corporate videos and has been transitioning into short form documentary making.

In the last couple of years she has created two short films as part of Screenworks Createability program which have aired on ABC. She also works with Lismores Red Inc and various councils mentoring youth, disability clients and Indigenous communities in filmmaking.

I really want to build my skills so I can work towards director feature length documentaries with a social impact, said Karenza.

I am interested in the theme of birth as a rite of passage. I would like to run a wider educational campaign alongside a film, rolling out an educational package that could go into birth and womens health centres.

Through Screenworks Director Pathways Program I am able to increase my directing skills by attending a series of documentary directing master classes as well as camera and lighting courses at the Australian, Film Television and Radio School.

I would also like to get an attachment position, working alongside a professional director that I can learn from.

For a long time I have been wanting to attend the annual Australian International Documentary Conference in Melbourne to build up some industry connections, she said.

Screenworks Director Pathways Program is a professional development program, delivered in partnership with the Australian Directors Guild (ADG) with the support of Create NSW.

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The Turnbull government is trying to distract and silence us "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

The Turnbull governments proposed law against foreign donations and interference in Australian political affairs is being soundly and widely condemned as nothing more than an attempt to silence voices.

But people are speaking out against the promotion of xenophobia and playing anti-Chinese race card, which is being used to divert public attention away from the real major political donors, the pressure to conduct a real inquiry into the banks that will do something, the pressure to curb massive corporate tax evasion and several other issues that are weighing the government down.

It is the sort of thing that a government that has lost any semblance of principle and moral compass might do. At the same time, it is an admittance of its weakness, its fear of the population and a rising desperation to cling on at all costs.

The foreign donations law is only one of the new measures being brought in. Another is the attack on the unions, through a fake financial services inquiry. It is a fake, because, instead of an inquiry onto the banks as promised, there is an inquiry to reward the banks, by allowing them to take the industry super funds.

The unions are already being set up, accused of causing industry super funds to be misused. Turnbull and key ministers have already said that they intend to remove union representation from the super fund boards, which will be turned over to competition. Hand pisked Experts will be brought in business and finace will be brought onto the boards. Many of the them will come from the banks.  The inquiry will suggest that this these are the things that must be done. It is one of those cases where the result has been announced, before the investigation has begun.

Less well known is that there is also an move to change Australias secrecy laws, so that those disclosing secret information will face up to 20 years jail. This covers government and intelligence services whistleblowers. It potentially covers journalists as well and has implications for online sites like WikiLeaks.

Grafted onto it is a list of aggravating offences that target anyone who publishes leaked material.

Disclosure of and publishing of secrets is already covered under a single offence under the Crimes Act.  A new law is not necessary, unless it has a different purpose. It is not hard to see what this other is here. The target is not only government employees. Everyo...


Bougainville landowners to write 2000 signature petition over Panguna mine "IndyWatch Feed"

Ewen Hosie | Australian Mining | December 11, 2017

Landowners in Bougainville, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea, have expressed backing for an RTG Mining-led consortium to take over the abandoned Panguna mine instead of Bougainville Copper (BCL). The landowners are expected to present a 2000-signature petition in opposition of BCL.

The long-dormant copper mine, abandoned since 1989 due to local conflicts, is currently under consideration for redevelopment by BCL, which is now partially owned by the Bougainville Government.

The rival consortium, Central Meekamui Exploration, said it has the backing of local landowners, including the Special Mining Lease Osikaiyang Landowners Association (SMLOLA), however, and representatives of RTG Mining said that the BCLs problems regarding its legacy in the region were insurmountable. The mine, while non-operational for three decades, was owned by Rio Tinto until last year.

The Bougainville Government has accused the consortium of bribing landowners.

The Autonomous Bouga...


Arts Wednesday 13 December 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Part 2 of Australian Birds with ornithologist Richard Major at 10:40 am, this week looks at the White Fronted Chat, a little bird whose Homebush Bay colony of  2 males was thought to be extinct. Hear what Richard had to say back in 2014 and the latest update. The picture below, sent to Richard by Kerry Allen in November this year, shows that one of the little birds is still alive!

My special guest at 11:00 am is social analyst, Neer Korn, making his now annual visit to Arts Wednesday talking about what has been on our collective Australian minds in 2017.

Music is all about summer.

Do keep me company!

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Man choppered from cruise ship off North Coast "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cruise liner Carnival Spirit. File photo

A man has had to be winched from the deck of the cruise ship Carnival Spirit, off the North Coast, in a serious medical condition.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter reported around 4pm yesterday that it had hac successfully winch-recovered the 32y-year-old male passenger from the cruise liner Carnival Spirit 50 nautical miles off the coast of Wooli.

The helicopter flew the patient through to the Gold Coast University Hospital for further treatment.

According to the helicopter service the passenger had suffered a serious medical condition that required immediate medical evacuation.

The current condition of the patient is unknown

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PERTH Australian woman, 20, charged with murder of Irish 17-year-old teen "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Australian woman, 20, charged with murder of Irish 17-year-old teen .

December 11, 2017 at 10:45PM .

A 20-year-old woman has been charged over the death of Irish teenager, Jacob Cummins. Aya Hishmeh, from Perth, Australia, was behind the the wheel of a car when it struck a group of people on Eucalyptus Boulevard, in Canning Vale, last Thursday afternoon. According to reports, the driver mounted .


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Redacted Tonight: Sweary, Brilliant And Definitely One To Watch In 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its no secret that comedy is producing some of the best journalism in the world at the moment think John Olivers Last Week Tonight program (well it was, prior to breaking up for the year, but itll be back in 2018). Some of the best political analysis is also coming from comedians from Seth Meyers to Stephen Colbert to Trevor Noah to Samantha Bee, nothing happens in America these days without it being lampooned and explained by comedians. Its a brave new world.

One of the heavy hitters who gets much less attention, but definitely shouldnt, is Lee Camp.

Born on an Army base in Maryland, Camp is the host of the weekly program Redacted Tonight (you can follow it here). It only has about 150,000 subscribers to its official Youtube channel a far cry from Noah (2.7 million), Meyers (1.7 million) Bee (787,000) and Oliver (with a whopping 5.7 million subscribers) but its definitely not through lack of quality, and more likely to do with the fact its produced by RT America, the old Russia Tonight program which is a Washington-based channel part-funded courtesy of Vladimir Putins boys.

Americas Reds under the Bed obsession has been enjoying a revival of late, with breathless media reporting of Russias alleged involvement in the Trump election which undoubtedly impacts on the numbers watching RT America. But whatever the truth, Camps monologues are genuinely brilliant, and explain class politics in simple terms. Hes a lot more sweary than his compatriots, but also more passionate, and often more funny.

Camps latest episode is a case in point it starts out at a furious pace and maintains it throughout.

Highly recommended Christmas viewing for New Matilda readers, and watch Redacted Tonight closely in 2018. With the growing anger towards American rule, its likely to pick up a lot more followers in the not-too-distant future.

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"True Knowledge..." "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"There is a difference between a question and a wonder. I would prefer to answer only questions that will be useful to you. A child looks up at the starry sky at night and wonders. He is filled with the joy of the mystery of creation. Why should I explain everything to you and take away that joy? I will not. The purpose of my words is to create silence, to create joy. I am not here to stuff your head full of knowledge. A child starts out innocent. You ask him something and he says, "I don't know." Then that child grows up and thinks he knows everything. I'll teach you something. I'll teach you to say, "I don't know," and be glad. That is true knowledge."
- Christopher Pike


December 12 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1787 - Eleanor Higgins was a Convict and early settler of the Epping area. She was tried at the Old Bailey, London on 12 December 1787 for stealing four linen sheets and was sentenced to transportation for 7 years. She married David Kilpack who received a grant of 80 acres in Ryde which was known as the 'Field of Mars'. When David died she sold part of the land but continued to farm in her own right.

1787 - Rachel Moore was convicted of 'feloniously stealing' a range of clothing items including a muslin apron, silk border and velvet hood at the Old Bailey on 12 December 1787, she was transported to Sydney for seven years. In Sydney she formed a relationship with First Fleet surgeon John White with whom she had a son, and she later married Thomas Moore.

1815 Captain James Kelly set out on circumnavigation of Tasmania, during which important observations were made on the resources of the west coast.

1851 - Standing Orders were adopted, the rules and protocols that govern Parliament. John Barker was appointed the Clerk of the Legislative Council, Captain Conran the Serjeant-at-Arms and Charles Ridgway the Librarian.

 1859 - The Richmond to Cremorne Railway line (Vic) opened.

 1860 Initial riots on the Lambing Flat goldfields near present day Young, New South Wales.

1877 - Two males were washed overboard from the barque Mary Eady, near Sydney, and were both killed by sharks.

1882 - Australias worst gold mining disaster, to date, occured in Creswick, Victoria; water which had been accumulating in the Australasia No 1 mine burst through the wall of the reef drive, trapping 27 workers. Hearing the noise of the flooding above ground, water pump engine driver James Spargo increased the speed of the pump, and was quickly joined by two other engine drivers, James Harris and Thomas Clough. Over the next few days, the men ran the engines at more than 10 times their normal speed, trying to lower the water to save the trapped men. Unable to escape from the mine, the men sought respite from the rising waters in the small space of the No 11 jump-up, one of several cutaways where the men would jump up out of the way of the mine trucks. A special train was dispatched from Melbourne with equipment to dive into the water. Diving equipment borrowed from the HMS Cerberus, together with experienced divers, was sent up from Melbourne. It was Thursday (some sources say Friday) before the trapped men could be reached, and by that time, 22 had died. Only 5 were brought out alive.

 1884 - The Railway Construction Act, called the 'Octopus Act', authorizing 66 new railway lines in Victoria was assented to.

1895 -  T'was a dark day indeed whe...


Parliament and the STC: What not to do about workplace sexual harassment "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Parliament and the STC: What not to do about workplace sexual harassmentThe Australian Parliament and Sydney Theatre Company are two workplace examples of what not to do about 'inappropriate behaviour'. read now...


Almost there "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

These two Nankeen Kestrels, last featured on the 28th November, are growing fast. They are now almost fully grown and look very much like the adults the fine dark streaks on the crown and breast a feature of juvenile  birds.

Nankeen Kestrels, Moolort Plains, 10th December 2017


The malcontent (how I grew out of FOMO) "IndyWatch Feed"

FOMO (fear of missing out)

I must confess to having played the UK National Lottery when I left school as a teenager.
Of the 48 lads and one lass in the timber factory I worked in when I first joined the workforce, 48 of them were already signed into a Lotto syndicate (only the business owner didn't play; he probably didn't need to, or perhaps he felt that he wouldn't be welcome in the syndicate). 
I never really thought we had much of a tilt at winning - after all the odds of an individual ticket taking out the jackpot prize were seriously remote at nearly 14 million to one.
No, I simply couldnt abide the thought of turning up on another dark winter Monday morning, only to discover that a band of exhilarated ex-machinists had retired to sun themselves by the pool in Barbados (leaving me with the tedious task of grinding tools for 10 hours a day).
Classic human psychology: even at the likely risk of losing, I wasnt prepared to risk missing out where there was a chance of others gaining significantly. And I knew it too! 

I never won the National Lottery, unsurprisingly. But, at least as importantly, nobody retired to the Caribbean without me! 

E17: Gone to the dogs

Another short anecdote. Back in the 1990s I went to a boozy race-night work function (remember them?) at the now-defunct Walthamstow stadium in east London. 

On the very first dog race one of the lads, the son of one of the firm's partners, won an obscure Yankee bet - or possibly a tricast, the memory...


Qld Health spending restraint should be a priority for new Treasurer Trad "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

My colleague Nick Behrens from QEAS was quoted in yesterdays Financial Review regarding the need for new Queensland Treasurer Jackie Trad to restrain State Government spending growth, and he has made related comments in his latest newsletter. As is well known, the state public service blew out in the Palaszczuk Governments first term, with the government breaching its own fiscal principle that the public service would grow no faster than the population, and employee expenses have exceeded budget forecasts (see chart below). As such, its probably unsurprising Queensland now has a new Treasurer.


Arguably, the major risk to the state budget continues to be health spending, which accounts for nearly 30% of the budget. Health spending has been growing much faster than spending on other purposes. In 2016-17, Queensland Health controlled expenses grew by 9.9%, compared with growth in Education controlled expenses of 5.5%, for example. And health has experienced large variations between actual and budgeted expenditures in recent years (see table below for Queensland Health controlled expenses). In 2016-17, Health full-time equivalent (FTE) employees ended up at arou...


John Pilger On Why The Documentary Must Not Be Allowed To Die "IndyWatch Feed National"

Breaking the silence and speaking truth to power is the job of the film-maker, writes John Pilger, something thats perhaps needed more today than ever before.

I first understood the power of the documentary during the editing of my first film, The Quiet Mutiny.

In the commentary, I make reference to a chicken, which my crew and I encountered while on patrol with American soldiers in Vietnam.

It must be a Vietcong chicken a communist chicken, said the sergeant. He wrote in his report: enemy sighted.

The chicken moment seemed to underline the farce of the war so I included it in the film.

That may have been unwise.

The regulator of commercial television in Britain then the Independent Television Authority or ITA had demanded to see my script.

What was my source for the political affiliation of the chicken, I was asked. Was it really a communist chicken, or could it have been a pro-American chicken?

Of course, this nonsense had a serious purpose; when The Quiet Mutiny was broadcast by ITV in 1970, the US ambassador to Britain, Walter Annenberg, a personal friend of President Richard Nixon, complained to the ITA.

He complained not about the chicken but about the whole film. I intend to inform the White House, the ambassador wrote. Gosh.

The Quiet Mutiny had revealed that the US army in Vietnam was tearing itself apart. There was open rebellion: drafted men were refusing orders and shooting their officers in the back or fragging them with grenades as they slept.

Journalist John Pilger, reporting from Vietnam during the war.Journalist John Pilger, reporting from Vietnam during the war.

None of this had been news. What it meant was that the war was lost; and the messenger was not appreciated.

The Director-General of the ITA was Sir Robert Fraser. He summoned Denis Foreman, then Director of Programmes at Granada TV, and went into a state of apoplexy. Spraying expletives, Sir Robert described me as a dangerous subversive.

What concerned the regulator and the ambassador was the power of a single documentary film: the power of its facts and witnesses, especially young soldiers speaking the truth and treated sympathetically by the film-maker.

I was a newspaper journalist. I had never made a film before and I was indebted to Charles Denton, a renegade producer from the BBC, who taught me that facts and evidence told straight to the camera and to the audience could indeed be subversive.


FixedIt: Hes a child abuser not a PR Guru "IndyWatch Feed National" reported on Max Cliffords death by reminding everyone about how he was a celebrity publicist and PR Guru.

Hes not disgraced like he got caught with his hand in a cookie jar. Hes a convicted criminal. His crimes were among the most serious any person can commit. According to the Guardian, Clifford was told that had some of offences been tried under todays law, they would be considered as rape or assault by penetration with a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Clifford was in jail after being convicted on eight counts of indecent assault against teenage girls. He was given a longer than expected sentence because the judge found his behaviour in court contemptible and a further indication that he had no remorse for the crimes he had committed against children.

His former career is not the most important thing to know about about a man who sexually abused children and laughed about it in court afterwards.

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Day to Day Politics: How to become a better government. "IndyWatch Feed"

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